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from the collection of the DIABooks
Defrates, Joanna. What Do We Know About the Egyptians? New York: Bedrick, 1991.

Haslam, Andrew. Make It Work! Ancient Egypt. New York: Thomson, 1995.

Pitkanen, Matti A. The Children of Egypt. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda, 1991.
This is a resource about modern Egypt

Rosalie, David. Growing Up In Ancient Egypt. Troll, 1994.

Steele, Phillip. I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built? New York: Kingfisher, 1995.

Maps:
Broekel, Ray. A New True Book: Maps and Globes. Chicago: Regensteiner, 1983.

The Nystrom Map Champ Atlas. Chicago: Nystrom, 1997.
This was an excellent resource for our project.

Video:
Michael McKinnon. Nile, River of the Gods. The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Web sites:
The "Weather Dude" website address:
http://www.nw.link.com/~wxdude/

How we get temperatures from the site:

  • scroll to Today´s Weather, then select World-Wide Forecasts
  • select region from world map; select Africa
  • when Cairo and Alexandria appear, click on Cairo
  • Cairo weather comes up for 4 days, highs and lows -students write this down
  • return to Today´s Weather, scroll to Anywhere in the USA
  • select Netcast Weather, type in location: state, 3 letter city code, and 5 digit zip code; for example: Birmingham, MI. 48009
  • click on search to get temperatures and write them down
Note: We try to access the internet in the morning, as it has a tendency to get busy and slow down in the afternoons.
Note: Teacher has a password


Preparation

Map Skills:
  • Learn the seven continents and their locations
  • Learn the location of your state and city on the North American continent
  • Learn the location of Egypt on the continent of Africa
  • Learn the location of Cairo and that it is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa
Computer Internet Skills:
  • Every student must have returned district internet permission form signed by parent and child
  • Media Specialist gives introduction to whole class in computer lab
  • Students work in pairs to go on internet and access "The Weather Dude" site.
Note: The teacher, librarian, a media tech staff member, and parent volunteers were used to help the children at this first session.

Classroom Review/Conversion Formula/Journals:

  • Review how to go on the internet using our classroom computer.
  • Post signs with website address and our city, state and zip code. Teacher prepares journals and passes them out [staple 6 sheets of paper approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for 5 weekly charts plus cover]
  • Discuss need to convert Cairo temperatures, given in centigrade, to Fahrenheit system used to record local temperatures
  • Conversion formula: multiply the centigrade temperature by 9 then divide by 5 and add 32 to get Fahrenheit; for example:
    Step 1.) 22° centigrade x 9 = 198
    Step 2.) 198 / 5 = 39.6
    Step 3.) 39.6 + 32 = 71.6° Fahrenheit
    Note: this is done using a calculator
    You may wish to have your students find the Fahrenheit temperature by using a Fahrenheit/Centigrade scale. The scale page may be printed out for students' use.
 

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