Seeker of Knowledge
Unit 4 – Puzzles & Mysteries
Concept Question: Is there an explanation for everything?
Week 4 – Seeker of Knowledge
Skills & Strategy
How can knowing another language create understanding?
Greek & Latin Roots
Challenge Spelling Words
Click on the links below to watch videos about ancient Egypt.
National Geographic (3 minutes)
Discovery Education Videos (LINKED BELOW)
Elementary Video Adventures: Ancient Times (1 hour)
Elementary Video Adventures: Great Egyptians (22 min)
Great Egyptians (24 min)
Journals through History: Constructing Ancient Egypt (18 min)
Journals through History: Land of Abundance (18 min)
Time Warp Trio: Tut Tut (21 min)
Tutenstein: Into the Past (22 min)
Open the file below at the bottom of this page called Concept Vocab Web to see how the words symbol, scholar, and converse are related to the concept of communication.
Build Background - Egypt
What do you know about ancient Egyptian writing? Complete a KWL chart (linked as a file below) to write down what you know about ancient Egyptian writing and what you want to know. Once the story has been read complete what you have learned about ancient Egyptian writing.
Why would authors put a map, diagram, chart, or bar graph in their books?
Answer: Authors use them to explain an idea or show information in a visual way.
Graphic sources - picture, map, chart, graph, timeline, diagram, etc.
Shows information in a visual way.
Looking at the graphic source helps you to understand what you read.
Information in the graphic source is not always in the text.
Before, during, and after reading ask yourself:
What does this source show?
What do I think the article will be about?
How does this graphic source compare with the text?
Do I understand this graphic source now?
Do I have any questions about it?
Click on the link below for an interactive site on hieroglyphics. Type in your name to see it written in ancient hieroglyphics and decode a word.
Hieroglyhics Name Translator
Click on the link below to discover what are cartouches. Below is an example of a cartouche using Mrs. Horvath's name.
Vocabulary Strategy: Greek & Latin RootsClick on Vocabulary PowerPoint file at the bottom of the page to review the vocabulary words and definitions
- Good readers break down unfamiliar words into chunks. They look for prefixes, suffixes, base words, and Greek and Latin roots to determine the meaning of the unknown word.
Many English words come from Greek & Latin languages.
trans- means "across, through, or beyond" (ex: translate)
schol- means "of a school" (ex: scholar, school)
glyphic - means "carving" (ex: hieroglyphics)
hiero - means "sacred" (ex: hieroglyphics)
ante- means "before" (ex: antechamber)
celebrare- means "to honor" (celebrate, celebrity)
uni- means "one" (ex: unicorn)
bi- means "two" (ex: bicycle)
tri- means "three" (ex: triple)
photo- means "light" (ex: photosynthesis)
-ology - means "the study of" (ex: archeology)
Main Idea & Details
Main idea - the most important point about a topic
Supporting detail - tells more about a main idea
The Rosetta Stone
Click on the link below for more information on the Rosetta Stone.
Click on the link below to learn more information about Jean-Francois Champollion, who translated the Rosetta Stone.
Click on the link below to play a review game for possessive pronouns.
Interactive Pronoun Games:
For more Egyptian fun click on the links below. Play games, do a webquest, and explore the exciting world of ancient Egypt!
Awesome Interactive Game - find clues and guess whose tomb you discovered.
Awesome Interactive Game - Learn how mummies are made by clicking the link below.