World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 2: Ancient Egypt

Student Web Activity

"Ancient Egypt "

In this chapter you 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, you'll 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. Visit the Wild Egypt Web site to embark on a Nile River Safari that will get you closer to the Nile than ever before.

Destination Title: Wild Egypt

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Start at the Wild Egypt home page and select the Nile as your destination.

  • Read through the three pages of information on the Nile and its wildlife by clicking on “Next” at the bottom of each page. Take time to study the photographs of the river and the wildlife.

After you have read these pages, answer the following questions.

For many years, the Nile Crocodile has been absent from the banks of the Nile. These animals are making quite a comeback. Where have the crocodiles been spotted?
What feature makes the Nile Crocodile different from an alligator?
How many species of birds inhabit Egypt? Which birds are found on the Nile?
Along with birds and crocodiles, the Nile is home to many different types of fish. What three species of fish are mentioned? Which of these fish do most Egyptians refuse to eat and why?
Imagine you are a zoologist. A university is interested in funding your studies of the Nile. Prepare a brief presentation for the university, describing the types of wildlife on the Nile and explaining how it is beneficial to the people of Egypt.
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