The Week of April 10, 2017
The Study of ANcient Egypt and its Pharoahs
Students love the 2nd semester of our 6th grade humanities curriculum, as we delve into learning the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece.
The basis of our work is the social studies content units provided by SERB (Strategic Education Research Partnership).
Our current unit is Ancient Egypt and the two focus materials for this study are:
1) Were Pharaohs: Oppressors or Great Leaders?
2) Pharaohs: Wise Investors or Wasteful Spenders?
These units can be found in a packet in each student’s binder. They are dense and bursting with great opportunities for deep discussions and higher-level thinking. In addition, I’ve included more high interest materials to the middle of the student packet and have planned additional learning opportunities to bring this fascinating study alive:
-Philosophical chairs (a type of debate) based on the question each unit poses
-A science experiment
-Coordinating a Skype experience with students to hear an Egyptologist from the University of Chicago speak to them on Egypt and their curriculum (we did our first today with my middle block!)
-Art and music