Procedure Day One:
Say, “Today we are going to begin talking about a country that is far away from where we live. First of all, can someone tell us in what country we live?" Then use the globe to show the distance from our country to Egypt.
Say, “The country we are going to learn about is Egypt. What large body of water do we cross to get to Egypt?" Use the globe to find out.
Say, “Egypt is part of a very large continent called Africa. You can see on the globe that one side of Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea and another side borders the Red Sea"
Say, “ Also Egypt has the longest river in the world! It is called the Nile River and it is longer than the distance from South Carolina to California!" Move your finger across the mainland United States on the globe.
Next read the book Countries of the World: Egypt by Kathleen W. Deady. This is a book that you may choose to read completely or you may just read parts that are appropriate for your students. The photos are important to support the information.
After you read, discussion questions could be:
1. If you wanted to live in Egypt, where would the best place be to live? Draw out information about the differences between the hot deserts, rugged mountains and the good farmland by the Nile River. Did the early settlers live in places by the water when they came to the United States? Show the map of the United States and point to the large cities. They are located by a water source.
2. Why were the pyramids built? What was placed inside them?
3. How is the life there the same as ours? How is it different? Discuss schools, clothing, food, etc.