How to Put Together a Unit Study | Ancient Egypt


Curious about how to put together a unit study? Join me as I take you through my process for putting together a unit study for Ancient Egypt. Much of the process is the same for all my history units, and only varies slightly for other units. I use a Waldorf curriculum as a default curriculum but often stray from the curriculum and come up with my own lesson plans. Here’s what I do:

First: Decide on a topic (usually pretty broad like Middle Ages, Math, Ancient Rome, but you can be specific)

Second: Gather material (I can check my curriculum, my home library, or begin a wishlist of materials needed)

Third: Put together a Wishlist (this includes all the material I want for the unit)

Fourth: Shop & receive (since we are with a charter school, I usually buy online with school funding, otherwise, check libraries and ask friends for material)

Fifth: Sort through material and figure out how long each book/project will take

Sixth: Make a lesson plan

Optional: Add field trips as needed


What I look for in a History Unit are books on the following:

History (actual historical events like wars, rulers and other events)

Culture (how people lived, dressed, where they lived, what they ate, etc.)

Mythology or religion


Historical Fiction

Activity Book

I also look for kits, projects and hands-on activities. I like buying them as kits, but also love to make projects on my own, too.

I get most of my supplies from Rainbow Resource.

Here’s what I have for Week 1 of our unit:

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Our lesson plans include our daily lessons and our Main Lesson. Our Main Lesson is scheduled for 7 weeks, with the last week being a light load to account for any work that isn’t completed.

The books we have for Week 1 are the following (all these are books I read aloud to my kids except where noted, some books take several weeks to complete):

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Ancient Egypt by Mysteries of History (AZBooks)

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You Wouldn’t want to be an Egyptian Mummy! By David Stewart (Scholastic Books)

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Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Green (Puffin Classics)


The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne ( Landmark Books)

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Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki (Harper Collins)


Ancient Egypt (DK Eyewitness)


Mummy Mazes By Don Oliver Matthies

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Project: Our Amazing Mummies by Scientific Explorer


Week 2:

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Complete Lesson Plan for Week 2 of our unit.


The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle by Claudia Logan


You Wouldn’t want to be a Pyramid Builder by Jacqueline Morley (Scholastic Books)

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Tales of Ancient Egypt


The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

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The Ancient Egyptians by Rosemary Rees


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Project:  Egyptian Mummy Excavation Kit


Project: Ancient Coins Excavation Kit


Week 3:

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Lesson Plan for week 3


Egyptology by Candlewick Press


You Wouldn’t want to be Cleopatra! by Jim Pipe (Scholastic Books)

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Tales of Ancient Egypt


The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

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The Ancient Egyptians By Rosemary Rees


Painting Kit by Arts in History


Kit: Papyrus Making Kit


Week 4:

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Week 4 Lesson Plan


Food and Cooking in Ancient Egypt by Clive Gifford


The Ancient Egyptians by History Opens Windows

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Tales of Ancient Egypt


The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt


Ancient Egyptians and their Neighbors by Marian Broida


DK Eyewitness Ancient Egypt


Project: Egyptian Relics Excavation Kit


Week 5:

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Week 5 Lesson Plan



Fun with Hieroglyphs by Catherine Roehrig


Science in Ancient Egypt By Geraldine Woods


Who Was King Tut? By Roberta Edwards


Eyewitness Pyramid


Ancient Egyptians and their Neighbors by Marian Broida


DK Eyewitness Ancient Egypt


Hieroglyphic Symbols of Ancient Egypt


Project: Archaeology Pyramid Dig by  National Geographic and Thames & Kosmos


Stamp Set Fun With Hieroglyphs by Catherine Roehrig

Week 6:

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Week 6 Lesson Plan



Fun with Hieroglyphs


Science in Ancient Egypt


Who Was King Tut?


Eyewitness Pyramid


Ancient Civilizations Reproducible workbook by McDonald


DK Eyewitness Ancient Egypt


Paint Your Own Papyrus by Egyptian Imports


Make Your Own Papyrus (Unknown maker)


Mummy Mazes

Week 7:

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Week 7 Lesson Plan



Who Was King Tut?


Time of the Pharaohs By Great Story & Cool Facts


Ancient Egyptian Costumes by History of Costume Series


Ancient Egypt by Ralph Masiello


DK Eyewitness Ancient Egypt




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6 thoughts on “How to Put Together a Unit Study | Ancient Egypt

  1. Awesome books ideas! Were doing ancient egypt so these ideas will come in handy in shā’ Allāh! 🙂

  2. Very nice line up. I am going to use a few of these books when we do a mini-study on Egypt. Anyhoo-I don’t see in your lineup the book, Cleopatra by Diane Stanley. Maybe you have already read that one? We love this book about her. Nice illustrations and quite reader friendly. I know you have your schedule done-but def. worth looking into. Most libraries have it.

    1. Hi Sheri! That book seems great. I just looked it up. There’s also the Royal Diaries series. There’s one on Cleopatra that would have made a nice historical fiction/non-fiction, but I learned about it after I had placed my order for materials for this unit. I find it all fascinating and will see if I can squeeze in a couple more books into the last week of this unit. Thanks for taking the time to post the comment with book title and author. I’ll be adding it to the book list for Ancient Egypt that I’ll make available for download.

  3. I was just wondering since you do this unit study for kids of different ages, is it something you will do again when the younger child is older? I’m just curious if the comprehension and what is retained is the same, and also how you go about deciding what unit studies to do…I’m very interested in doing unit studies but at the same time feel very overwhelmed by the planning of them.

    1. Hello Ashley, Good question. Almost always, we’ll circle around to the same units at a later time because you are right, the younger children won’t have the same comprehension as the older ones. I usually form my units and main lesson blocks with one child in mind first, then add to it things I think the other children may like, but it’s always geared to one child first. It seems at the end of the day (or years of homeschooling), very little information is actually remembered. It may be easier to remember the information when revisited at a later time and children will say, “oh yeah, I remember learning that.” What is remember are the skills and the feel of childhood. I would encourage you making as many happy memories as possible along the way 🙂

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