World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 2: Ancient Egypt

Web Activity Lesson Plans

In this chapter, students have learned about ancient Egypt, which sprang to life in the fertile Nile River Valley. The Nile is truly a mighty and awesome river, and the people of Egypt-ancient and modern-view the Nile as a precious gift. In this activity, students will take a closer look at the Nile and learn about the animals and species, who like their human counterparts, depend on the Nile for life. Students will visit the Wild Egypt Web site to embark on a Nile River Safari.

Destination Title: Wild Egypt

Lesson Description
Students will visit the Wild Egypt Web site to embark on a Nile River Safari. They will discover the wildlife that depends on the river. Students will then answer four questions and apply this information by preparing a brief presentation describing the safari and the wildlife of the Nile River.

Instructional Objectives

  • Students will learn about the wildlife of the Nile River.
  • Students will apply this knowledge by creating a presentation highlighting the types of wildlife found on the Nile River and determining how this wildlife is beneficial to the people of Egypt.

Student Web Activity Answers

  • The Nile Crocodile has returned to the river, making its home behind the Aswan Dam.
  • The crocodile has a longer, narrower snout. It also has a fourth tooth that sticks out from its lower jaw. All of an alligator's teeth fit neatly into its upper jaw.
  • More than 300 species of birds inhabit Egypt. The birds that live along the Nile include the Pied Kingfisher, the Little Green Bee-Eater, the Nile Valley Sunbird, and the Ibis.
  • The three species of fish that live in the Nile River include tilapia, catfish, and perch. Many cultures believe catfish is unsuitable for food.
  • Answers will vary.

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