Lesson 6: Daily Life in Egypt

Day 2

Activity 3: Life and Work in Ancient Egypt

Materials: Ancient Civilizations by Joseph Fullman (DK Eyewitness)
In this activity, you will consider the lives and work of different groups of Egyptians outside of the royal family and religious life — the women, farmers, skilled craftsmen, laborers, servants/slaves, and scribes who did much of the necessary work in ancient Egypt. Refer to pages 14-15 of Ancient Civilizations, the web links provided, and library books or other resources as you fill in the tables on the "Life and Work in Ancient Egypt" pages to explain the kinds of work done by each group, the tools and natural resources they would use in their work, each group's status in Egyptian society, and what you might personally enjoy or dislike about each job.
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In this activity, your child will focus on the work done by Egyptian people in several different groups, filling in a table with details about the work done by each group, its status in society, and what your child might like or dislike about each kind of work. She can use information from the web links provided or library resources to find information that will help her fill in the table. With parental supervision, she can also use web searches to find out specific information, such as searching "tools ancient Egyptian craftsmen" to view images of typical tools. Your child's answers will vary depending on the resources used. Be sure that the tools and natural resources make sense with the types of jobs described and that your child gives thoughtful, reasoned answers for the last two columns.

Activity 4: Build a Model of an Egyptian Worker's House

Materials: art materials, paper or cardstock, scissors, tape, glue stick, or glue
In this activity, you will have the chance to build a model of an Egyptian worker's home. You can learn more about the look and layout of workers' homes at the following web link.
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The activity pages provide a model for the house and some basic home furnishings. First color the parts of the home and its furnishings, and then cut them out and assemble them using tape or glue stick as needed for stability. You can use your own paper or card stock to fashion additional furnishings, residents for your house, or other objects based on your knowledge of life in ancient Egypt.

If you are not able to finish the model today, feel free to work on it in your spare time over the next several days. Assembling all of the pieces will take time, but the results will be worth your effort!
In this activity, your child will cut out and assemble a model of a workman's house from ancient Egypt. Encourage your child to use creativity in decorating and furnishing the house.