The Egypt Game Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Egypt Game' is a children's novel by Zilpha Keatley Snyder about neighborhood friends who find adventure while creating a pretending game about ancient Egypt. This unit plan provides a framework for lesson planning about this book.

The Egypt Game

What kinds of games do you play with your neighborhood friends? In The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, April and her friends in her new California neighborhood create an Egyptian scene for a role-playing game. This unit plan supports teachers who are lesson planning about this novel in a way that expands student understanding of ancient Egypt.

Build Background Knowledge

To prepare students for this novel, students will benefit from building background knowledge about ancient Egypt. The Ancient Egypt Lesson Plan provides some context about daily life in ancient Egypt. Students will watch a video lesson an discuss the importance of the Nile.

Students will better understand the references to mummification after participating in the Mummification Activities & Games. Students will demonstrate the mummification process on a banana, create a model of a mummy, and play a trivia game about mummies.


While reading The Egypt Game, The Egypt Game Discussion Questions may be used to lead class discussions related to the characters, setting, and plot of the novel. Students will also have the opportunity to make inferences and predictions about the book.

The Egypt Game Lesson Plan will support students as they analyze characters and summarize the novel. Students will read a text lesson, create a plot diagram, retell the story from another character's perspective, research daily life in Egypt, and then write their own story based on a realistic ancient Egyptian character. This lesson enables students to gain comprehension of the text and make cross-curricular connections to the history of ancient Egypt.

Students will broaden their interest in Egypt and improve their comprehension of the novel with The Egypt Game Activities. Students will enjoy creating their own secret alphabet similar to the way characters used hieroglyphics in the story. They will use a graphic organizer to compare characters from the story. They will also engage in a writing activity and design their own game.

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