Monday, January 28, 2013

Finishing up Egypt

We are almost finished with our study of Egypt. This next week we will discover the ancient kingdoms of Nubia and Kush. These are the kingdoms of the black pharaohs who ruled Egypt at one time. Research is new in this area and discoveries are being made all the time.

After our study of this ancient people, students will be tested over what they know about Egypt and Nubia. That test will be February sixth and then we will start our exploration of Asia.

Students have really enjoyed learning about the Egyptians, but I believe are ready to move on. Asia is different and sometimes a real challenge because it is so unique, but it is one of my favorite subjects to study.
I took some pictures of the students’ outstanding mummy cases. They are all entombed on the wall outside our social studies room.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dealing with Mummies

We are approaching the end of our study of Egypt and students had fun this week making their own mummy cases. This was a time for individual creativity to be displayed. Students designed Egyptian coffins, and then filled them with hieroglyphics and symbols.
Besides making mummies, students in periods 2, 4, and 7 also wrote the rough drafts for their persuasive papers. They chose from such topics as what is the best monument to visit, who was the best pharaoh, and what is the best Egyptian achievement. They have worked hard researching, then writing, and it is finally paying off. Next week they will print out their final draft with a bibliography of their sources.
Below are some pictures of student cartouches and students at work.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hieroglyphics, Mummies, and Persuasive Papers

It was somewhat of a challenge to get back into the school routine as we came back from break, but by the end of the week things felt normal again. Students spent the week learning about Egyptian writing or hieroglyphs and even used hieroglyphics to create their own cartouche. A cartouche is basically an oval that encircles the names of ancient Egyptian royalty. In the pictures that follow this blog entry students are holding cartouches they made.
This coming next week we will be learning about the process of mummification that the Egyptians used and students will create their own version of a royal mummy case. It really is a creative and fun assignment for students to do as they express their artistic sides.
Also students in periods 2, 4, and 7 will finally begin writing the persuasive essays they have been researching. Their rough drafts are due on Friday, Jan. 18th , with final copies due the next week.