Houghton Mifflin: World History: Ancient Civilizations
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Chapter 5: Ancient Egypt

The Internet offers a range of social studies resources, including Web sites of museums, government agencies, educational institutions, and the news media. Listed below are links to some outstanding ancient history Web sites. Use them to learn more about the themes, ideas, and events in the lessons and the Daily Life feature in this chapter.

Lesson 1: Gift of the Nile

Nile Valley
From the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Site describes how ancient Egyptians relied on the Nile River. Includes contemporary photographs of the Nile river valley.

Lesson 2: Life in Ancient Egypt

Shows students how to write their names using Egyptian hieroglyphs. A chart provides the corresponding hieroglyph for each letter in the Roman alphabet.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
British Museum site offering a picture list of Egyptian deities along with a brief description of each.

Lesson 3: The Pyramid Builders

Pyramids: Houses of Eternity
British Museum Web page on the building of the Great Pyramid. Includes a list of “learn more” questions and an interactive challenge: “How big is the Great Pyramid?”
Pyramids: The Inside Story
Nova's comprehensive and accessible site includes pyramid history, virtual tours of the pyramids, reports on a recent excavation, and a feature on the scale of the pyramids.

Lesson 4: The New Kingdom

Pharaoh: Lord of the Two Lands
An engaging site explaining the power of Egypt's pharaohs through stories, art, and an online matching game. The site looks in detail at the conquest of Nubia by Ramses II.

Daily Life: Life on the Nile River

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
Minnesota State University Web site containing information on just about every aspect of daily life in ancient Egypt, including farming, manufacturing, religion, kinship and marriage, games, furniture–even hairstyles.
Life in Ancient Egypt
Carnegie Museum site providing useful material on daily life, funeral customs, religion, and the natural world of ancient Egypt.

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