Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Help the Ancients pick the Best Home in Egypt

By Eileen Massey
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Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

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Focus: History/Social Science

Egyptian Civilization

ancient civilizations, Egypt, geography, human basic needs

Students will work 45 to 60 minutes per day for 5 days.
In this project, students will research the physiographic features of Egypt and determine the area that would be most perfect for a civilization to develop and flourish, based on the environment's ability to meet basic human needs. They will present their research to the class, discuss each group's ideas and decide on the best location.

Before studying the history of Egypt and its contribution to the development of our civilization, students need to understand the basic needs of humans and how the environment contributes or detracts from people's ability to survive and thrive. These principles are universal and can be applied to any people any place at any time.