Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about Ancient Egypt in our History lessons. Here are some of the projects that we have done.
After learning how real mummies were made, we decided to mummify Barbie.
Amelia thought it was pretty cool.
We also learned about some of the first writing. We saw real tablets found in Egypt on a great video that was Internet linked the the Useborne Encyclopedia of World History. Amelia wrote her initials in Cuneiform writing on a clay tablet of her own. She used a toothpick to etch the symbols and then she painted it in the traditional color of tablets of that time.
This is our Nile River model. We learned about how the Egyptians relied on the annual flooding of the Nile river for their survival. They would plant their crops in the soil near the river and also create canals to conserve the water for later use. For our model, we planted our seeds in the soil near the water and then "flooded" the river banks. Sure enough, the seeds sprouted just like in Ancient Egypt! You can't beat such a great hands-on experience to bring abstract concepts to life.