The third book in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne is Mummies in the Morning. Since we are using the series as a backdrop for the first grader’s history, we have been doing all sorts of Egyptian related activities. It has definitely helped that the 5th grader is taking 7 Wonders of the World on Minecraft Homeschool and this week was pyramids. Talk about great (and unexpected) timing! Here’s a look at some of the things we did this week as we learned about the Egyptian pyramids.
Learning About: The Pyramids and Egypt
First, we watched some videos about the pyramids.
Videos of Pyramids
As always, I recommend previewing the videos before sharing them with your children.
The Pyramid of Giza (No narration, just music)
Inside of the Great Pyramid of Giza – National Geographic
Building Pyramids in Minecraft
While the 5th grader build his pyramid through Minecraft Homeschool as part of his assignment, the 1st grader used the Pocket Edition on the iPad and worked on hers. They tried to make them historically accurate and included important aspects – like air vents. They didn’t want Steve to suffocate while building the interior of the pyramids!
In Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning, the Ghost Queen needs Jack and Annie to read the hieroglyphics on the pyramid wall. The idea of using symbols as words was fascinating to the first grader, so we printed out a sheet with hieroglyphs and she wrote her name using the symbols. She did a great job – especially since some of her letter symbols were challenging!
The Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning book really kicked off the mini-unit study for us here, but there were some other books we looked through and read this week to learn more about pyramids and Ancient Egypt.
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt
Who Was King Tut? (Who Was…?)
We loved doing this Ancient Egypt Art Collar craft from Art History Mom, because we learned a lot about the reasons for and color information about the collars. Did you know that red meant victory, but also anger?
You can find the craft image on our Pinterest History board below, as well as some other Egyptian crafts we would have loved to make, but just didn’t get to.
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Overall, it’s been a great set of lessons and unit study!
Tell me…Have you ever done a unit study on Egypt and the pyramids? What have been your family’s favorite activities?