Saturday 10 March 2012

Expedition Earth: AFRICA - Egypt

This week we resumed our Expedition Earth travels.  Since we are going to be going on a journey to South Africa in four weeks time we decided to visit the Continent of Africa starting in Egypt.
Mummification Experiment.

We learned
  • That kings and special people were buried in pyramids.
  • The king of Ancient Egypt was called a Pharaoh.
  • Egypt is in Africa.
  • The secret of how pyramids were constructed has been discovered.
  • They painted pictures on the walls inside the pyramids.
  • A lot of the things we use today were invented in ancient Egypt (time, 365 day year, locks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs etc)
  • There were no roads in Egypt because they used the Nile to get around.
  • Paper was made from papyrus and they used pictures to write words.
  • We did a Mummification Experiment. (results to come next week)
  • A mummy is a dead person.
  • We baked Egyptian style cookies and shared a cup of tea. (We had to add an extra table spoon of butter because the mixture was a little dry.)
  • Sir N's favourite thing was the pyramids. (We built a 3 D model of Kufu's Pyramid)
  • Egypt has the largest Muslim population in the world at over 80 000 000.
  • They use Egyptian Pounds and some of their coins have holes in them.
  • The Egyptian Flag has red at the top, white in the middle and black at the bottom. It also has a gold bird in the middle.

We baked Egyptian style cookies

Our Resources this week


Notebook Pages

Wildlife Study
Sand Cat
Nile Crocodile
Horned Viper
This post is linking to: 
Learning All the Time Favourite Resources ,Homegrown Learners Collage Friday, Red Oak Lane Share Your Ideas and Learning All the Time  Look what We did.


  1. Did you do all this in one week?!!!!!!

    1. Hello Erin :)

      Most of the links are short videos that we watched.

      Of the notebook page links I picked the ones we wanted to use from each site. It was loads of fun :)

      We did not read each and every book in it's entirety but picked the pages we were interrested in.

      As for the websites I surfed them to answer questions in our Notebook pages.

      :) I placed the links here for me to use in future when we do Egypt in more detail.

  2. This is fantastic!! Thanks so much for linking up :) I'd love it if you'd also link it up with "Look! What We Did!" ( this coming Wednesday...I think the readers of that link-up would love to see this too.

    1. Hi Susan.

      See you on Wednesday :)

    2. Hi Chareen. The link-up from last Wednesday is still open (, so you could link up now, if you want to. As it turns out, Theresa and I are doing something a bit different this Wednesday, so we won't have the normal link up open. Sorry to be confusing!

    3. No worries Susan. Done :)

  3. This unit study is simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! By the way, I pinned it on Pinterest and am now a follower on you blog. :)

    1. Thank you. You are welcome. Pleased to meet you and welcome to my blog :)

      Love your Eclectic Musing. Never heard of Muffin Tin Monday's what a neat idea :) Might give that a try when we get back from our wonderings!

      Love your project 365 idea. Think it would be a good one for the new year !


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