Journeying the Nile River
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A WebQuest for 7th Grade (Art, History, Language Arts, Math)

Designed by

Mandy Davis
Erin Hartsell
Lindsay Shepherd
 Kelli Phillips-Vannoy

Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Student Page


This webquest is designed to give your students an interesting trip through Ancient Egypt.  Your students will be using the internet, but it is a guided tour that leads them to the exact location they need.  In other words, it is impossible for them to wander into unsecured sites.


This webquest, designed for 7th graders, will introduce your students to some of the aspects or Ancient Egyptian life.  They will be working in four subject areas, art, history, language arts, and math.  Each mission meets a curriculum standard in these areas.

Working in groups of four, your students need access to the internet and to certain resources that you, the teacher, will have to provide.

Curriculum Standards:

The following are the basic standards met in this webquest.  (To see a more in depth description of competencies, go to the NC Public Schools web page).

Social Studies Standards Addressed

  • The learner will assess the influence of major religions, ethical beliefs, and aesthetic values on life in Africa and Asia (2.1, 2.2).
  • The learner will locate major physical features and suggest the influence of their location on life in Africa and Asia (3.2).
  • The learner will assess the significance of the physical and cultural characteristics of geographic regions within Africa and Asia (4.2).
  • The learner will trace developments in the history of African and Asian nations and judge their impact on the lives of people today (12.1, 12.2).
Visual Arts Standards Addressed
  • The learner will develop critical and creative thinking and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art (1.02).
  • The learner will develop skills necessary for understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes (2.02, 2.03).
  • The learner will choose and evaluate a range of subject matter and ideas to communicate intended meaning in artworks (4.01).
  • The learner will understand the visual arts in relationship to history and culture (5.01).
Mathematics Standards Addressed
  • The leraner will understand and compute with real numbers (1.04).
  • The learner will demonstrate an understanding and use of the properties and relationships in geometry, and standard units of metric and customary measurement (2.05).
Language Arts Standards Addressed
  • No curriculum standards were given on the web page we used.  Your school should have a copy of the national language arts standards for 7th grade.
Since this lesson required students to work in a group setting, it was important for them to talk through each mission.  They also had to be creative in accomplishing their tasks and challenges which involves observation, organization, teamwork, and compromise.


Pick three traveling partners, and prepare for your journey through Egypt.  Your group will travel the Nile River to your four destinations.  In each city you will need to complete one task and one challenge in order to proceed to the next mission.  Each group member should contribute to the final  product.

The lesson is multidisciplinary and may take more than one class period.  Time must be set aside for completion for the tasks, which depends on how well each group wants their final products to look.  Also, a computer lab is necessary. 

The students will be divided into groups of four, which they may be allowed to pick, or you may pick them yourself.

You as the teacher will need to posess basics computer and internet skills as well as being able to handle groups who may not get along or have difficulty with the quest. 

Resources Needed:

In order to implement this lesson, a few resources will be needed.  Some of the tasks require the students to make models of artifacts from Egypt.  The following items should be easily accessible:

  • Computers (with internet access)
  • Art supplies

  •   - paper
      - pens
      - markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.
      - construction paper
      - scissors
      - foam board
      - rulers
      - protractors
      - rubber cement, glue
      - toothpicks
      - straws
      - cotton balls
      - gauze
      - tape
      - string
      - clay


Evaluation rubric can be found on the student page.


This lesson teaches the value of learning about other cultures.  It is a fun, interactive way to get your students engaged in the learning process.

Credits & References:

Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page