The 5th and 6th Graders recently completely a quarter-long section about Ancient Egypt. Students learned about Egypt from all perspectives: language, culture, literature, religion, mathematics, technology, art, and society.
At the end of the quarter, the 5th and 6th grade Middle division teachers prepared a unique “experiential” day for the students. “Egypt Day” helped the students integrate the knowledge and skills from each of their core classes by living the day as Egyptians. From an archeological dig for Egyptian treasures, a pyramid building competition, and writing with hieroglyphics on papyrus, to playing games of ancient Egypt, adorning a sarcophagus, and participating in a funeral procession for our apple “mummies,” Egypt Day provided an opportunity for students to practice and process their learning in a cohesive, significant way.
Students reenacted an Egyptian Funeral Procession to entomb their “mummies” and, for the full effect, wore cartouches and Egyptian collars they made in Ms. Gates’ art class. Following the procession, students and parents enjoyed an Egyptian-themed Feast.
Submitted by: Katie Vargas & Elizabeth Magnusson