ancient Egypt

The Age of the Pharaohs Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will learn about some of the defining characteristics of ancient Egypt, including pharaohs and pyramids.

Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Reading Level: Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

The king was not only the most powerful and important man in Egypt—he was thought to be a god. He was known as the MORE

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  1. A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  2. Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption "Famous Pharaohs" is a good one for the photo of the Ancient Egyptian Kings? Why or why not?)

Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.

  1. Continue the Conversation: Invite students to share what they have heard about ancient Egyptian culture. Some may mention Cleopatra. She was the last pharaoh to rule Egypt before the country came under the control of Imperial Rome.
  2. Write about it: Ask students to imagine that they are a newspaper reporter who is writing about the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Encourage them to tell readers why they think the discovery is important.

Extension Activities

Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on ancient Egypt.


The Age of the Pharaohs Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to ancient Egypt by reading the definition and using the word in a sentence.



The Tomb of Tutankhamen
Grade: 5 - 8
Students read an overview of the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, and complete related activities to extend their understanding.



Excerpted from:

Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt

This book provides an in-depth, comprehensive look at ancient Egypt with a unique integration of words and pictures. DK's classic look at ancient Egypt, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.

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