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an Egyptian Day
On Egyptian Day at the Dulles
Elementary School, students dress as Egyptians, bake Egyptian bread, host an Egyptian
museum, and put on two plays--The Egyptian Cinderella and The Winged Cat. The whole school
enjoys Egyptian day each year. (Thanks to Lisa Stiehr, her children, and the teachers at
Dulles Elementary School, Grade 5.)
a Mummy Day
Joyce P. described the following Mummy Day (actually two days) in Mrs. Pieruccini's 3rd grade class at Buzz
Aldrin Elementary School in Reston, Virginia:
STEP 1: Give the class a
mummy quiz [questions 1-7] and
explain the answers. Following the quiz, read Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki.
STEP 2: Divide the class into
groups assigned to make each of the following: sarcophagus, mummy case, mask, mural in
tomb, canopic jars (use large boxes for the sarcophagus and the mummy case).
One group took on the role of scribes, recording and later
reporting on who was in each group and what they did. The final group was charged with
writing and then acting the judgment play.
STEP 1: With the help of the teacher
and parent volunteers, have the kids assemble their
products. Joyce P. was the embalmer, working under the watchful eye of
Anubis. Using a home-made
mummy, she removed the brain, lungs, liver, stomach and intestines, which were given to the
canopic jar makers. Then she salted the body inside and out (with cotton balls), ostensibly
waited 40 days, and completed other preparations including applying resin (sheets of black
tissue paper on top of the mummy). Then, the mask was placed on the mummy, and the mummy
case was placed on top of the mummy. The sarcophagus makers then showed their work, as did
the mural drawers, and the kids who drew outside and inside viewers of the pyramid.
STEP 2: The judgment play was performed with
Anubis, Ammit and Thoth. The mummy's heart was weighed on a scale and,
since it weighed more than the feather of truth, Anubis tossed it to Ammit.
Joyce adds: It was
great fun, and the kids did marvelous work. The creative credit for the Mummy Day goes
to Mrs. Katie Pieruccini. When she was a student, one of her most memorable learning
experiences was watching her teacher mummify a dummy, pulling out its brains and internal
organs. She wanted to give her students a similar experience -- and she did. I think this
story is a wonderful example of the impact a good teacher can have on her or his students.
Maybe one of Mrs. Pieruccini's students will be a teacher some day, and Mummy
an Egyptian Museum
assign topics for which students create a museum exhibit. To give you a
more concrete idea, here are some examples of the displays at the
Egyptian Museum created by students at the John Jay Middle School in
New York State.
copy of a book called The
Complete Pyramids (by Mark Lehner, Thames & Hudson, 1997). It covers all the different types
of pyramids (including samples of hieroglyphic inscriptions on some). If you decide to
make a New Kingdom pyramid, for example, try to build a side view, making the inner side
of the pyramid out of mud or brown clay (to represent the actual inner building material),
lined on the outside with sugar cubes (to represent the stone facing of the pyramid),
perhaps painted a more appropriate color. Draw (or trace) all hieroglyphs on clay tablets
and glue them to the inner walls. As for the objects and sarcophagus, model them out of
clay (and don't forget the canopic jars).
Make a Cartonnage Face Mask
Use papier maché or plaster.
Make a Set of Canopic jars
Be creative in manufacturing the
internal organs in the jars.
Write a Mummy Report
a form you can
Make a Mummy
Lisa Stiehr writes: "I made a long straight dress with straps out of some off-white
material. We got some shiny gold material to make a big collar and glued rhinestones on it, then we tied the waist with gold cord. I
bought some wide gold colored ribbon to make cuffs for her wrists and this year we made
sandals. We found some other accessories like a snake for her arm and a headband at a
local party supply store. Of course we put lots of makeup on her." For other Egyptian
craft ideas (including the sandals), look for Make
it Work! Ancient Egypt
by Andrew Haslam & Alexandra Parsons. It
includes games and instructions for model-making and period costuming. (Thank
you again, Lisa.)
Turn a Friend into a Mummy
Chris wrote about his Egyptian project: "My group decided to make a mummy out of my friend
We are going to wrap her with toilet paper and put all kinds of jewels and necklaces on
her. We are going to paint her fingernails gold, instead of how the Egyptians placed gold
caps on the nails."
Make a Newspaper Mummy
Susan wrote: "We make
mummies out of newspaper that is fun to make and look neat. We take
a section of newspaper and roll it so that it looks like an ice-cream
cone. It will somewhat pointy on one end. Trim the open end so
that it is straight across. Make a ball of newspaper for the head.
Things can be added to the head like ears, nose, etc. if you want it to be
a cat, baboon, etc. Wrap the whole mummy with masking tape.
Spray paint gold. Decorate with hieroglyphic, etc. Bend up the
pointy end for the feet."