Unwrapping the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Unwrap Layer 1

  1. Choose one of the following fictional novels. Books are available from your teacher.
  2. Read the book individually or as a group. All group members must read the same book.
  3. Complete the "KWL Chart" to help organize information from the book.
  4. Each group member must take the Reading Counts test for the chosen book.
  5. As a group decide which chapter from the book your group would like to develop into a play. The play will be recorded with iMovie.
  6. Write a script, assign roles, and prepare costumes and props.

Book Choices

Tut Tut by Jon Scieszka. (Puffin, 1998)

The Trio finds themselves in ancient Egypt where they must outwit the Pharaoh's evil adviser.

Mummies in the Morning by  Mary Pope Osborne (Random House Books, 1993)

Jack and Annie don't need another mummy. But that's what they get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Egypt. There they meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Will Jack and Annie be able to solve the puzzle, or will they end up as mummies themselves?

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Yearling, 1985)
April Hall, an insecure and lonely 11-year-old, comes to live with her grandmother and surprises herself when she forms an immediate friendship with her neighbor Melanie Ross. April and Melanie, who share an unusual interest in ancient Egypt, use their intellect and vivid imaginations to develop an elaborate game of "Egypt." Gradually, the game becomes more and more real, and frightening things begin to happen in the neighborhood. The children are faced with a soul-searching question: Has the game gone too far?

Unwrap Layer 2

  1. Explore Egypt's land and boundaries.
  2. Read Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile.
  3. Use Google Earth to locate, explore and learn more about the places mentioned in the story.
  4. Use information from the story, Google Earth and the following links to design a brochure about Ancient Egypt. Use Pages on the iPad to create the brochure.


Unwrap Layer 3
  1. What is a Cartouche?
  2. Create a cartouche using the Hieroglyphic Translator.
  3. Each person in your group must create a cartouche.
  4. Use Brushes on the iPad to create the cartouche.
Unwrap Layer 4
  1. Who are the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses?
  2. There were hundreds of gods and goddesses in Ancient Egypt. Some were worshiped throughout the land, others were patron gods to specific cities.
  3. As a group explore the many Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.
  4. As a group choose one and create a Keynote presentation of 5 slides describing your choice.
  5. Include in the presentation:

The God or Goddesses

Let Us Unwrap a Little Further

Optional Layers to Unwrap


Create your Own SimMummy

Egyptian Mad Libs

3D Pictures 

Egypt Book List