A Drop in the Bucket – Ancient Egyptian Irrigation

GeoHistory
GeoLiteracy
GeoSTEM
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
In this lesson, students will learn that human ingenuity enabled the ancient Egyptian culture to survive and to achieve wealth and power. The use of irrigation and the use of the lever in the invention of the shadoof (shaduf) were integral to managing the annual flooding of the Nile River. Students will connect this knowledge with the principles of engineering. This lesson is modified for English Language Learners (ELLs).
Author: 
Mimi Milliken
Grade Range: 
6
Duration: 
3 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
5: Environment and Society
National Geography Standards: 
14: How human actions modify the physical environment