Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ancient Egypt

Eternally fascinating, Egypt’s pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies have captured imaginations for centuries. Egypt’s mythical characters and striking artifacts have made appearances in museums and popular media throughout the world. In our Egypt unit students delve into the engrossing details of Egyptian culture. Riding over a framework of core learning, your child will complete an Egypt Festival project. Your child will also explore the mummification process as reconstructive archaeologists—social scientists/historians who reenact the practices of a people to more deeply understand that culture. To make a long story very short, the process of mummification involved a salt called natron that dried out a body so that it would not decay. Our humble mummification project does not involve any of the gorier aspects of mummification that the Egyptians needed to deal with, but will allow the students to see, first-hand, the principles of mummification using common materials. Students will come to understand how this process ties into all aspects of Egyptian life, from the hieroglyphic messages students will write for their mummies’ sarcophagi to the myths that point to the cultural roots of mummification. Through participation in the compelling activities of this unit, the students will become knowledgeable Egyptologists.

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