Ancient Egyptian Resources

Smithsonian: The World’s Oldest Papyrus and What It Can Tell Us About the Great Pyramids – Article about the great pyramids.

Discovering Egypt: Egyptian Mummification – Article about the mummification process and ways to embalm.

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing – Champollion & Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing
Egyptian Mathematics Numbers Hieroglyphs – Egyptian Mathematics Numbers Hieroglyphs and Math problems for kids – Learn about Hieroglyphic Numbers.

BBC: History: Egyptians – Includes the following topics: Overview, pyramids and monuments, mummification, Gods and beliefs, pharaohs and dynasties, daily life, and hieroglyphs. Each area connects to one or more articles.

Encyclopedia of Visual Arts: Ancient Egyptian Art – Egyptian Art (3100 BCE – 395 CE)

Metropolitan Museum of Arts: Egyptian Art – What’s on view, history of the department, and if you scroll down, you can view highlights and all the featured art and view the videos provided. Not all the 27,000+ pictures are available for viewing online. The videos provided are lecture based.

Ducksters Education Site: Ancient Egypt for Kids – Overview, Monuments and Geography, Culture, People and Other.

Wikipedia: Egyptian hieroglyphs & Ancient Egypt 

History: Ancient Egypt – Article contains information about the Egyptian civilization. Videos are available as well.

History for Kids: Egyptian Food – Learn how food is grown in the desert. Coloring pages can be found on the right-hand side of the page.

Nature: Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians’ Ancestry – Article: Genetic analysis reveals a close relationship with Middle Easterners, not central Africans.

History On The Net: The Egyptians – Food – Article includes – How the Egyptians grew food, made bread, beer, the meats and veggies they ate too in their desert environment.

Crafts & Hands-On Activities

DLTK: Egyptian Activities for Children – Benu Poster, Camel coloring page, Egypt Coloring pages, crafts, and other activities.

HomeschoolShare – Ancient Egypt – Downloadable Lapbook about Ancient Egypt.

YouTube: Ancient Egypt Playlist – Documents about Ancient Egypt, Egyptian music, and crafts.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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Dictionaries – Day #3 Dictionary Creators



I personally think a dictionary is a very useful tool and was curious to know who was the first to take the time to create one. I also wondered if any other cultures had and used a similar idea. As it turns out, dictionaries go WAY back to ancient times in one form or another!

The modern English dictionary was invented by Samuel Johnson and published in 1755. 
This is a documentary about Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man


If you would rather read a little about him: 

Noah Webster wrote the first American dictionary in 1806. This video:
Noah Webster: Biography, Education, Facts, History, Dictionary, Quotes has information about him.

If you would rather read about Webster:

Information about various cultures who had and used dictionaries can be found here:

Wikipedia: Dictionary – Offers a history of cultural dictionaries from ancient to modern times.
Also: Oxford English Dictionary, Chinese Dictionary, Japanese Dictionary, and others such as specialized dictionaries.

Here’s some information about the The first dictionaries of English, you’ll need a membership to access all the information, but it’s a good jumping off point if you want to study more about the topics included in the article on your own.

Other Things of Interest

Read an interview with a lexicographer Erin McKean:

https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/writing-dictionaries/

YouTube Dictionary Playlist – These videos and others can be found in the playlist created for this topic.

🐞 For the Little Ones 🐞

If you have a little one, go to the library and find some picture books and a child’s dictionary and check a few out.
If you have a few of your own on hand already… Find words via the pictures included in the publication and read or talk about their meanings. Act out pictures and have fun with them. Make up a sentence using the actions you created while reading though the books together.

Related Post: Dictionaries – Access all the days in one place!

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Dragons

Wikipedia: Dragon – Information about this mythical creature, including animals that may have inspired dragons, plus European and Asian dragons. Also:
Dragons in Greek Mythology
Japanese Dragon
List of Dragons in Mythology & Folklore

Smithsonian Magazine: Where Did Dragons Come From – Article talks about the possible origins of dragons.


LiveScience: Are Dragons Real? Facts About Dragons – Article: The history of dragons from a cultural and religious perspective.


American Museum of Natural History: Natural History of Dragons:

Article: How dragons have been described through the ages.

Draconika: Dragons: The History of Dragons – How and where dragons showed up in history.


Mythology Wiki: Dragon – This is a Fandom page with information about dragons: How they are portrayed, attributes, and types. 


The Guardian: Top 10 Dragons in Fiction – Pictures and information about the current top 10 dragons in fiction.


Dragon Tales


World of Tales: Here are some of the folktales that can be found on the site, use the search icon (the magnifying glass in the lower left-hand corner of the page) to look for more dragon related tales from around the world.
The Four Dragons Asian Folktale
The Dragon-Princess – Chinese Folktale
The Dragon’s Strength – The Story of the Youngest Prince Who Killed the Sparrow  – Slavic Folktale
The Boy and the Dragon – Canadian folktale
The Dragon’s Tail – German Folktale

Lit2Go: Stories from Around the World: “THE DRAGON AND THE PRINCE” (Serbia)– This story has a 16 minute audio file you can listen to or read along with. It can be downloaded as well. 

Storyberries: Dragons – This site offers 8 stories about dragons that are kid friendly.

Sam & The Dragon – An illustrated story about Sam and a dragon. (IMHO cute!😉)


How to Draw Dragons
Each site offers step by step instructions.

How 2 Draw Animals: Dragon – This is an advanced drawing.

WikiHow: The 4 Best Ways to Draw a Dragon A mix of advanced and easy drawing methods.


HelloKids: How To Draw Dragons for KidsAn easy to draw dragon.


Dragoart: Dragons – Site offers quite a few different types of dragon to learn how to draw, easy to advanced.

Videos

YouTube: Dragons Playlist – This list includes information about dragons and dragon activities such as: Origami projects, puppets, and drawing tutorials.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…

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Bells

Carillon of Peter And Paul Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg

Wikipedia: Bell– Etymology, history, styles of ringing, church and temple bells, bellfounding and more. Also,
Campanology – The study of bells.

Owlcation: Interesting Facts About the History of Bells – Article includes information about: Introduction of Bells Across the World, How Were Bells Made, Tuning of the Bell, What Are Handbells?, Bell Towers, What is Bell Metal?, and a list of Famous Bells Around The World. Site includes photos and videos.

Discover Bell Ringing: Site offers a way to find local ringers, music of the bells, history of bell ringing, up the bell tower, learning to ring, technique of ringing, bell mechanism, and other bell related things.

Brosamer’s Bells: Bell History – Offers a short article and a photo gallery of old bell information that includes pricing information, informative text, descriptions, part names, and more. Pictures can be viewed on line or downloaded.

History of Bells.com: History of Bells – Information about the cultural history of bells, and bell facts. There are more featured articles on the bottom of the page.

How To Draw Cartoons Online: How to Draw a Cartoon Bell

🔔🔔 Please use caution when downloading things from the Internet. 🔔🔔


Tim’s Printables: Christmas Bell Templates, Colored Christmas Bell Templates

FreePatternsArea: Bell Shaped Christmas Decoration Craft Cut Out Pattern – Download the pattern, print it out, and cut it. Right click on your mouse to capture the pattern you want and save it to your computer or copy and paste it into a file 

graphics. 

First Palette: Bells – Offers a page with 4, 2, and 1 bell to download and use.

DLTK: Christmas Bells and Christmas Bells Coloring Pages

Videos

YouTube: Bells Playlist – This list includes more than 30 bell related videos about the history of bells, listen to bell ringers, learn how to draw bells, and origami bells, and bell crafts.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Chocolate Resource Page

Chocolate Information & Articles

Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!

Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here.

Field Museum: Chocolate – History, activities, process of making and much more.

Cornell University: Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more.

Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.


AncientFoods: The History of and the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica  A long, informative article about the history of the culture of chocolate, the cacao tree and its cultivation, iconographic and archaeological evidence, and medical uses. The same article can be found here: HeritageDaily: Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses for Chocolate in Mesoamerica.


Smithsonian MagA Brief History of Chocolate – Offers a brief, yet informative, history of chocolate. Also, Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin – Article: (From the site) From ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots.

Smithsonian: “Chocolate is a Fighting Food!” – Chocolate bars in the Second World War – This article has information about war rations offered to American soldiers and a story about the wartime chocolate memories of the author’s grandfather.

The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II.

Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.


Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe. 


Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs  – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.

Candyland Crafts: What is chocolate? – 
Facts, fiction, and history.


ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate IndustryWho are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?

Wikipedia: History of Chocolate – 
General information about the history of
chocolate. Also, Cocoa Butter.

Fox News Food & Drink: 6 of the World’s Most Expensive Chocolates Find out what the most expensive chocolate is and who makes it.

WorldAtlas: Top 10 Cocoa Producing Countries – Information about the world biggest and smallest producers of cocoa.


Cocoa Project – This site offers different aspects of a cocoa study. 


FAO: Growing Cocoa – Information about growing cocoa.


Medical News Today: Chocolate: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research – Learn about the health benefits of chocolate!

US National Libary of Medicine – Chocolate in History: Food, Medicine, Medi-Food – Offers: Introduction, the concept of Diet, Chocolate as Medicine: the Mesoamerican Tradition, Chocolate as Medicine: the European Tradition, Last Chapters, and Conclusions: Chocolate as Medi-Food. This is a technical article.

PennLive: A spoonful of … chocolate? Cacao has a history of medicinal useSite offers a book review of: ‘Chocolate as Medicine: A Quest Over the Centuries’ –  the history of chocolate’s medical uses.

Chocolate Activities


Chocolate Activities

Funschooling & Recreational Learning – Chocolate ActivitiesI offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here.

Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study Free unit study.

Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!


Activity Village: The Chocolate Bar Game A game played with dice. 

All Chocolate Kitchen: Chocolate Sculptures – Take a look at some of the beautiful things that can be made with chocolate.

BoredPanda: 13 Of The Most Creative Works Of Chocolate ArtSite offers a variety of works of art made from chocolate.


Aol.Finance: 10 fun jobs that pay well Scroll down to Chocolatier.

Chron: The Salary of a Chocolate Maker – Find out how much a chocolate maker makes and what you need to become one.

The Spirit Talks: Xocolatl Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe – History about the drink and how to make it in a variety of ways.

Experiments in Tempering Chocolate – 
What tempering is and comparisons of different techniques to see which work best at home.

Business Insider: Cocoa Butter Prices Are Surging Article about the high price of cocoa butter and what some companies are doing about it.

Glee Gum: Make your own chocolate kit – Interested in making your own chocolate? You can buy a kit here!

Bloomberg: Brexit Could Reopen U.K.’s 30-Year EU Chocolate War, Clegg Warns – Information about a modern day chocolate war.

All Free Crafts: Chocolate Covered Spoons – Instructions for how to make these treats.


Printable World Map.net – Choose a map to print out.


Ranker: Best Songs About Chocolate  Some songs may not be suitable for all audiences.


Videos


Cooking Channel:  Outrageous Chocolate ArtA short video that features some interesting items made with chocolate.


CNBC: This is the world’s most expensive chocolate bar – A short video about the chocolate bar is offered in this post.

YouTube: Chocolate Playlist How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Pirate Resource Page

Pirate Info


Pirates Info: History of Pirates  – 

Famous pirates, history of and more.

New England Pirate Museum – 
Educational info and activities for elementary-high school levels.

National Geographic: Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean – Pirate Problems – Pirates and Piracy

Pirate Crafts and Activities


First School: Pirate Coloring Pages


Magic Mural Factory: How to Create a Pirate Themed Bedroom – 
Murals, portholes, maps, and other ideas


DLTK: 
Milk Carton Pirate Ship – Instructions.


Pirate Puzzle – 
12 piece puzzle that can be done on line


Busy Bee Kids Printables: Pirate Puzzles – Coloring pages, mazes, word find, dot to dot and other activities.

Print Activities: Printable Pirate Puzzles & 
Pirate Coloring Pages – Dot-to-Dots, mazes, coloring pages, word searches


Parenting.com: Pirate Ship Cake – Instructions for how to make a pirate ship cake.

Coolest Pirates Birthday Ideas – Pirate-related game ideas.

Enchanted Learning: Pirates – How to make a treasure box and treasure hunt.

DLTK Kids: Pirate Activities – 
Coloring pages, gift bags, invites/thank yous and more.


Family Disney: Code Journal, Jolly Roger Flag – Printable projects.


Pirates Across the Curriculum


A to Z Kid Stuff: Pirate Activities – 
Make a Jolly Roger, a treasure chest, and other fun things.


Homefires: Pirate Resources (Scroll down) – There is an article about homeschooling in California written by Diane Keith, then pirate resources after it. 

Easy Fun School: Treasure Island
Theme unit based on the book, Treasure Island. Has pirate activities too.
Treasure-Filled Cake – Recipe
Ask A Pirate — One Eye Or Two? – Science Activity

Tam Root Beer: Pirate Vocabulary List Cheat SheetPrintable list of words and phrases. 

Puzzle Pirates: A Pirate’s VocabularyPiratey Expressions, Important Piratey Words, People Words, Object Words, and Action Words.

Homeschool Share: Pirate Lapbook  – Offers a variety of pirate related printable pages.

eThemes: Pirates – Resources for g
rades: 1-5.


YouTube: Pirate playlist –  Includes documentaries and craft projects.
Some videos may not be suitable for all audiences.

Here’s one of the documentaries offered in the list.

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Great Fire of London

Luminarium: The Great Fire of London, 1666 – Written history of the the fire. Offers a few pictures as well.

History.com: Great Fire of London Begins, 1666 – A brief history of the event.

Wikipedia: Great Fire of London – Information and pictures about the event.

Redcross: Fire Safety – Information and a video about home fire prevention.

YouTube: Great Fire of London PlaylistDocumentaries about the fire.

YouTube: Candle Experiments Playlist – Videos that feature candle experiments. To gain a better understanding of how fire works.

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Lighthouses

Photo By Marco Verch

Wikipedia: Lighthouse – The history of lighthouses, technology, building, Fresnel lens and the History of lighthouses.
symbolism and more. Plus the

The Lighthouse Directory -Provides links and information for more than 19,300 of the world’s lighthouses.

New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide – History, tour info, original photography, and more for nearly 200 lighthouse in the New England states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

PBS: Legendary Lighthouses Learn about the history of lighthouses, look through a photo gallery and find out

UnmuseumThe Great Lighthouse At Alexandria – Informative article about the Pharos.

United States Lighthouse Society: Lighthouse Facts – Offers more than 20 facts about lighthouses.


Trips to Discover: 23 of the Most Awe-Inspiring Lighthouses Around the World – Scroll through photos of lighthouses.

CountryLiving: The 30 Most Beautiful Lighthouses in America – Scroll through a photo gallery.

Weather.com: 12 Amazing Lighthouses of the World – Photo gallery.

YouTube: Lighthouse Playlist – Lighthouse related videos. Here’s one example…


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Christmas Stockings

Smithsonian: The Legend of the Christmas Stocking – The history behind the tradition of hanging stockings.

Wikipedia: Christmas Stockings – The history of stockings and information about the world’s biggest Christmas stocking.


Altogether Christmas: Christmas Stockings – An article about the legends behind Christmas stockings.

First Palette: Paper Christmas Stocking – Instructions for craft.

DLTK: Christmas Lacing Crafts – Instructions for craft.

Activity Village: Christmas Stocking Theme – Printable stocking templates, games, colouring pages, crafts, and more.

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Archery




Popular Mechanics: How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand



World Archery.org: Brief History

Wikipedia: History of Archery – From the stone age to a modern day sport. Also includes information about ancient cultures.

History of Archery: Archery facts, history, & types.



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