Links to Resources for Educators
The links below go to web sites with useful and accurate information about ancient Egypt. Some of them also include educational activities for students.
The Art of Ancient Egypt: A Resource for Educators
From The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this 1998 publication is intended to "provide an understanding of ancient Egyptian and its central role in ancient Egyptian civilization. The aim is to stimulate curiosity, skills in observation, and a desire to visit a museum to see actual examples of ancient Egyptian art."
This resource may be purchased in book form or downloaded in PDF format for free from the museum's bookstore. It is also available to read online through Google Books at no charge.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
From The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this web page has numerous resources for learning about ancient Egypt. Note especially links to pages for essays by museum curators, individual works of art, and chronologies. Use the filters at the top of each web page to focus your search.
Paint Like an Egyptian
From The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this web page presents information about the materials and methods used to create ancient Egyptian art. It also includes an unusual activity, how to make a brush, ancient Egyptian style, and use it to "paint like an Egyptian"!
"Ancient Nubia Now"
From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this web page includes 5 videos created as part of the exhibition “Ancient Nubia Now” (October 13, 2019–January 20, 2020). Ancient Nubia was Egypt's neighbor to the south, but its "history and artistic achievements" have been overlooked and undervalued. In addition to a video tour of the exhibit, "outside voices offer new insights into Nubia’s relevance today."
Scroll down the web page to find these resources.
From the British Museum in London, this web page has links to Classroom Resources, Visit Resources and School Sessions for school groups ages 7 - 11. The Classroom and Visit Resources have many offerings that are useful anywhere. School Sessions are for visits to the British Museum itself. Topics include mummification, tomb paintings, life in ancient Egypt and Nubia, etc.
Free downloads of information and activities are available with these resources.
Ancient Egypt and the Near East
From the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, this web page has links to Educator Guides and other Resources for K - 12 educators. The Field Trip Planning, Free Lesson Plans and Interactives emphasize the Oriental Institute Museum's collections, especially for ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East. The Free Downloadable Activities feature both Egypt and the Near East.
Teacher Resource Guide: Ancient Egypt
From the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, this web page links to a free downloadable guide for grades K-12 in PDF format. Essays with background information on topics such as daily life, religion, mummification, etc. and activities are useful anywhere. Examples of specific objects focus on the Kelsey Museum's collections of ancient Egyptian and Nubian materials, but important artworks from other sources (such as the mask of Tutankhamun) are also included.
Ancient Egyptian Art and Culture
From the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, New York, this web page has links to a variety of lessons about ancient Egyptian geography, daily life, amulets, hieroglyphs, gods, etc. Readings and activities are provided, for grades 3 - 8. Note that some of the resources are no longer available.