Activity Guide: Ancient Times
(Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened?What Is History?
What Is Archaeology?
- Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke (ISBN 0-06-027056-X/0-06-027057-8 (lib bdg.) 0-06-445175-5 (pbk.) Can anyone tell me what that means and why they're different? DDN 930.) I did not like how they portrayed the girl as finicky/self-absorbed in the beginning of the book, but as it went on she got interested in in the process and stopped worrying about dirt on her shoes.
- We did an Archaeology Dig!
Chapter One: The Earliest PeopleThe First Nomads
- We made cave painting on our First Day of School
- (Beginning History) Egyptian Farmers by Jim Kerr (1990 edition is out of print/not available on Amazon.com. ISBN 0-531-18374-2. The inside has the Dewy number as 630.932 but my library had it at 932.)
Chapter Two: Egyptians Lived on the Nile RiverTwo Kingdoms Become One
- The Nile River by Allen Fowler (ISBN 0-516-21559-0, Dewy Decimal number 916.2 If you're looking for it in the library it is a small book.) Builder Boy liked book which was a little above his reading level, but the vocabulary level was perfect to him. It covered a lot in just a few sentences per page with great pictures. And before I read it the first time a few years back I had no idea they had built a dam to stop the Nile from flooding.
- (Craft Topics) Egyptians: Facts*Things To Make*Activities by Rachel Wright (1992 edition that I found is out of print/not available on Amazon.com. The 2001 is only available on Amazon.com used at an unrealistically high price. ISBN 0-531-14209-4. The inside has the Dewy number as 932.01 but my library had it at 745.592) This is a really neat book and it's where I got the instructions to make an ancient Egyptian wig. It also has instructions for making your own personal seal stamp, a water clock, fish charms for you hair, a cloth collar, and a paper sarcophagus and mummy.
- Ancient Egyptian Costumes Paper Dolls Be aware though that they are fairly authentic, which means most of the girl outfits show mostly bare breasts (they hide the nipples) and a lot of cleavage. I still think they were worth it, though, and Builder Boy really doesn't care about not having a lot of girl outfits.
- Technology in the Time of: Ancient Egypt by Judith Crosher (ISBN 0-8172-4875-7 DD# 609.32, my library had it at 932.)
- The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo (ISBN 0-690-04822-X or 0-06-443279-3, DD number 398.2)
Gods of Ancient Egypt
- The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher. (ISBN 0-8234-1286-5. DD# 299.31)
- We made the Double Crown of Egypt.
Chapter Three: The First WritingHieroglyphs and Cuneiform
- We made cuneiform writing on air-dry clay tablets.
- We watched a Hieroglyphics song video by Horrible Histories (BBC TV)
- We wrote with hieroglyphs on paper.
- We investigated which lasted longer, the clay tablet or the paper scroll.
Chapter Four: The Old Kingdom of EgyptMaking Mummies
- Pyramids (A First Discovery Book) (ISBN 0-590-42786-5. My library had it at 932. If you are looking for it in a library it is a small book.) Builder Boy loves this book. He calls it the "switch book" because it's the first book he's ever seen with transparent pages that has different pictures on the two sides. It is a small, short, and simple book, but what it has in there he has memorized and he's been able to combine all the diagrams of the insides of pyramids from different books in his head and retained all the main information.
- (History Highlights) Pyramids by Anne Millard (ISBN 0-531-17154-X)
- The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Lynn Curlee. (ISBN 0-689-83182-X. Inside Dewy is 709.01, my library had it at 722.)
- The Canon Creative Park has a color print out, cut and glue model of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, with a cutaway to see the rooms inside, and a model of the Great Sphinx!
- There is also a more basic black and white, color-it-yourself model of the Sphinx here.
The First Sumerian Dictator
- We made Sumerian Seals and used them on wet clay and play-dough.
Chapter Six:The Jewish People
God Speaks to Abraham
Joseph Goes to Egypt
- We made Joseph's Coat of Many Colors.
Chapter Seven: Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Hammurabi and the Babylonians
- We made our own "laws" that everyone had to obey, and put them up on the wall like a monument.
- We read Mesopotamia: Iraq in Ancient Times (Picturing the Past), a GREAT book for review.
Chapter Eight: The Assyrians
Shamshi-Adad, King of the Whole World
The Story of Gilgamesh
Chapter Nine: The First Cities of India
The Mystery of Mohenjo-Daro
- We experimented to see which combination of our local dirt types would make the best bricks. Part 1, Part 2.
Chapter Ten: The Far East: Ancient China
Lei Zu and the Silkworm
The Pictograms of Ancient Egypt
Farming in Ancient China
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