Egypt makes for ‘smashing’ learning experience
Last Thursday, St. Rose of Lima School was overrun with pharaohs, mummies and gods when the sixth grade hosted their annual Egyptian Museum.
After almost two months of work, the students proudly showed of their research paper, accompanying project and model, and their ornate Egyptian costumes for classmates who attended the museum.
To determine which Egyptian king, queen, god or tradition they would portray for the museum, student names were drawn from a hat and then the student could pick their topic from a list, first come, first serve. During the museum, each student had a station with a poster board showing details from their research paper and a model they made to go with the project. Students had sticker “buttons” on their hand; when pressed, the exhibit “came to life” and the students told the story of the person or topic they were presenting.
Sixth grade teacher Jane Streeter said although they spent a long time working on their Egyptian unit, it was a topic she believes her students really enjoyed.
“I just think that they love that it’s totally new to them. It’s completely different from our way of life today,” said Streeter.
Not only did the students study Ancient Egypt in the traditional classroom format, but they had fun and interactive experiences. The students were treated to a special presentation on mummification and took part in a fun archeology activity. The students decorated their own ceramic pots with hieroglyphics and other Egyptian symbols, before their teacher smashed it with a hammer.
“We had to get our pieces back together like an archeologist,” said Nathan Bowe.
Bowe and his classmates really did enjoy learning about Egypt for a lot of different reasons.
“It’s all interesting,” said Bowe. “But it’s weird, too.”
“I like how they dress and all the jewelry,” said Gwen Casey.
“It was fun. You don’t usually know this stuff when you are younger,” said Jacob Morse.
“We got to do a lot of projects,” said Ashton Allcock, who really liked the Archeology activity. “I was one of the first ones done!”
“It’s just cool. It was fun,” said Ava Librizzi.