I consolidated the postings on Egypt to send to myself at school.
( at least the ones that came through to me. If I missed one please
send to me at: "Sharon Henneborn"<firstname.lastname@example.org> )
Hope you find it useful to have them all on one post.
From: KPRS <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Egypt
Date: Sun, Mar 4, 2001, 6:58 PM
I bet if you use the sheetrock (wall board) that someone else
mentioned, and took the paper off, you could simulate a "wall" to do
hieroglyphs on that would be easy to carve out. Also look up stela,
and they could do one of those, which would make it a smaller kind of
If you have the brown kraft paper on the roll (which granted isn't
cheap anymore), you could have them work in teams. They would trace
one kid on it, and then take that outline and make it into a
sarcophagus lid, painting it with temperas
If you have accessibility to clay, they could make clay figures that
could have been placed in tombs, as well as jars, and other utensils.
Anyone have any good ideas for a 6th grade Egyptian unit?
Jill (BT) ---
I did a fun thing with 6th graders that I picked up at the NYSATA
conference last year. On a 18x24 paper, have students make a 3" border
only at top and bottom. Use Hieroglyphics to write their name on top
and their favorite activity on bottom. In the center, have them draw
themselves like an Egyptian, head and feet facing one direction, torso
and shoulders facing front. They also have to draw themselves doing
something they enjoy, wearing modern clothes. Outline in Sharpie,
sign their name, class and activity at the bottom right of
illustration, then watercolor. Lots o' fun for the kiddies and me...
Talk about how the Egyptians based their culture around what happened
after they passed away....how they spent their lives (this is of
course the royalty...you could also talk about the slaves who are
rarely every mentioned in regard to studying Egyptian history) and how
they had to take things on their "journey" Maybe give them a
situation....if you were on a deserted island...what are the thing you
feel you would absolutely have to have. What kind of story would you
leave behind? Have them do a small panel (use chip board?) panting
with symbols to tell the story.
I have some Egyptian projects that I did with my 5th through 7th
graders. You can look here to see if anything would be useful:
Featuring art and art lesson plans, examples of my
artwork, genealogy resources, information about
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From: Jean Gallagher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Egypt
Date: Sun, Mar 4, 2001, 9:40 PM
Just finished a winner with my 6th graders. I drew their silhouette
on white paper ( I used the light from the overhead projector, and
directed the shadow unto a wall). Then the students turned their
profile into an Egyptian princess or pharaoh I had lots of examples
from books and
magazines for them to refer to. They loved it. They especially liked
using gold foil, beads, and sequins to represent the jewels. The boys
even liked it, they could draw themselves with piercings and spiked
hair and not get into trouble.
Jean in Michigan
Someone had posted about taking wall board or sheetrock and peeling
away the paper. You now essentially have a smooth piece of plaster.
You then take a tool (like a linoleum cutter) and carve the plaster
board...so you could use that as the wall of the inside of the
pyramids, and kids could do hieroglyphs on the 'part of the wall'...
San D "KPRS"<email@example.com>
One of my favorite Egyptian projects was this: The children brought
in an old
Barbie doll. They wrapped it with pariscraft like a mummy. The
painted it with
Egyptian colors and hieroglyphics. Then they put it in a
which they wrapped with paper and also painted. Inside the lid they
had to draw
10 made-up symbols for things they wanted to bring with them into the
"afterlife". Only a few children didn't have a Barbie to bring in.
district) They just rolled up newspaper and taped it and used that.
This was a
very popular project with 5th grade.
From: barb cicchelli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Egypt
Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2001, 9:51 AM
we made our sarcophagus mummy cases out of egg cartons-put cardboard
through for arm sections, taped shut, taped cardboard over bumpy part
in back and then papermached,painted with lots of gold..Did mummy
designer cases first on black paper with fluorescent chalk. Boy I like
that drywall suggestion sure will make it easier not to mix
From: "MDecker" <email@example.com>
Subject: Egyptian math
Date: Tue, Dec 5, 2000, 8:08 PM
I know many of you may be interested in doing a unit in Egyptian art
this year. One of my students was interested in the numbering system
from ancient Egypt. Here is a site we found:
Seems like Mr. Beaumont (author) has an interest in Egypt and
math....I do not know how authoritative this site is--but it had what
we were looking for. I have updated my Egyptian lesson (same lesson on
Try a sand painting ( sand sifted over white glue and water solution )
with spaces between the sand. Use Hieroglyphics and Egyptian designs
and the add some light color (tempera watered down and used on the
Ken Schwab, San Jose CA ---