Hi there, I’m Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources. Heidi Befort has graciously invited me to do a series of posts for you on using research books to explore different countries. Last week, I wrote for you about Morocco, where I currently live. This week, we are exploring Egypt. Many classes study Ancient Egypt and we often leave our kids thinking that people in Egypt still write with heiroglyphs. This year, when my class studied Egypt, we were sure to study Ancient Egypt and present day Egypt, and did a lot of comparing and contrasting the two.
Here’s a little information about present day Egypt:
- Egypt is located in North East Africa, and it’s land mass is about double what it was during ancient times.
- Egypt is home to the longest river in the world, the Nile River.
- Arabic is the language now spoken by the majority of Moroccan citizens.
- Islam is the main religion of Morocco.
- The capitol city of Egypt is Cairo.
- Many of the large animals (hippos, elephants etc.) that were prevalent during ancient Egyptian times no longer live in Egypt. Most animals in Egypt today are small animals, with the major exception being domesticated work animals, such as mules, donkeys and camels.
I’ll be back next week as part of this ‘Learning About Countries Through Research Books series” with information about Spain. In the mean time, please feel free to stop by my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources, for more quality teaching tips and resources.