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Ancient Egypt: Daily life

Overview of the set

This picture set includes images depicting daily life in ancient Egypt. Students are asked to make observations and draw inferences about aspects of daily life, including art/entertainment, clothing, community life, diet/health, economic activity, freedoms, globalization, government, religion/spirituality, shelter/housing and transportation.

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1. Agriculture |

2. Banquet scene |

3. Egyptian court |

4. Egyptian bakery |

5. Egyptian boat |

6. Hunting |

7. King Tut with servant |

8. Men with cows |

9. Middle class house |

10. Overseen agriculture |

11. Taxing the peasants |

12. War time scribes |

13. Woman grinding grain |

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Student tasks

Suggestions for possible critical tasks:

  • Make observations and draw inferences about daily life in ancient Egypt.
  • Compare your daily life with aspects of daily life in the images of ancient Egypt.
    • Which aspects of daily life in ancient Egypt are most similar to daily life in your community?

When considering daily life in Ancient Egypt you may want to consider the following aspects:

  • art/entertainment
  • clothing
  • community life
  • diet/health
  • economic activity
  • freedoms
  • globalization
  • government
  • religion/spirituality
  • shelter/housing
  • transportation

Teacher notes

The following notes include applicable support materials for teachers and students and background information specifically selected for this topic and set of images.

  • Support materials for use with this Picture Set:
    • Teacher resources: Explore daily life
    • Student handouts: Overview of the picture set  Portrait of daily life
  • Grade level range: Intermediate and Middle
    • This Picture Set is targeted for use at the grade level range(s) specified above. The tasks and support materials may be adapted for use at other grade level ranges

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Student tasks

The following suggestions for critical thinking tasks invite reasoned judgments by students. The tasks may be revised or adapted to meet diverse learning needs and/or address specific curriculum content, attitudes and skills:

  • Make observations and draw inferences about daily life in Ancient Egypt.
  • Compare your daily life with aspects of daily life in the images of Ancient Egypt - Which aspects of daily life in Ancient Egypt are most similar to daily life in your community?

When considering daily life in Ancient Egypt you may want to consider the following aspects:

  • art/entertainment
  • clothing
  • community life
  • diet/health
  • economic activity
  • freedoms
  • globalization
  • government
  • religion/spirituality
  • shelter/housing
  • transportation

Background information for teachers

The following notes on topics addressed in the picture sets are intended to enhance teachers’ understanding of the images and ability to guide students in interpreting them:

Agriculture: Many of the agricultural practices and tools we take for granted today... |

Amulets: Today, we are most familiar with amulets as good luck charms such as... |

Boats: Like Egypt today, ancient Egypt was a desert country where... |

Cosmetics: Men, women and children of all ages and from all classes wore... |

Hieroglyphs: Hieroglyphics are small pictures that represent different...

Jewelry: From the earliest times in Ancient Egypt, jewellery was worn by the... |

Wall Paintings: To make wall paintings, the ancient Egyptians covered the walls with... |