I am teaching a current affairs class this year and covered Egypt a few months ago. In searching the internet for resources I found a lot related to ancient Egypt, but very few modern Egypt activities for kids.
So, I set about creating a fun Egyptian Mystery to introduce students to the history, culture and geography of Egypt.
I must give credit to my daughter, Amy, who actually came up with the idea of a mystery and that it should involve “Culture Culprits” who the students have to track down. She also gave input on some of the puzzles and checked it all for me. My husband did the layout and my son, Jason, photoshopped the one culprit into an Egyptian scene which my husband photographed. So – it ended up as a family affair.
And of course, my class went through it and I did make some adjustments based on their feedback.
Our intention is that this will be the beginning of a series of mysteries where upper elementary and middle school students can learn about a country through solving mysteries. We want this to be affordable for everyone, so they cost only 99 cents and are delivered electronically as a pdf which parents and teachers can make multiple copies of.
Students will need internet access to solve the clues and they are likely to take about 3 hours to work through them all. In my class they worked in groups and took 3 or 4, 50 minute periods to complete.
The mysteries are aimed at 5th – 8th graders.
If you would like one, you can purchase it here and download it immediately.