In sixth grade, students typically study world history, including what life was like in ancient Egypt. Projects can help students display what they have learnt about this time in history in creative ways. Students can create their own mummies, write their names using hieroglyphics and create their own stories based on some of the myths and creatures that existed in the ancient Egyptian culture.
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Provide students with a handout of the alphabet with corresponding hieroglyphic symbols. Ask students to make a poster on which they write their names using the appropriate symbols. Posters can be created on brown paper or large paper grocery bags and displayed on the wall of the classroom.
Ancient Egypt Book
Ask students to create a book showcasing what they have learnt about Egyptian life. Students can create the book using construction paper or plain computer paper and include a page for each letter of the alphabet. For each letter, students should choose a word or write a sentence related to ancient Egypt that starts with that letter of the alphabet and draw a picture to go with it. Students can place the book in a report cover or bind it using a binding machine or by punching three holes in the side and threading ribbon through them.
Sphinx Stories and Drawings
After teaching students about the Sphinx, take pictures of the students' heads. Print a 4 x 6 copy of each student's picture. Have students cut out their head from the picture and attach it to the body of an animal of their choice. Students should then create a story to accompany their Sphinx, explaining what the Sphinx protects and any special powers it has.
Mummify a Chicken
Teach students about the mummification process by mummifying a chicken. Take out the insides of a small whole fryer chicken. Wash the chicken and fill the cavity with salt. Fill the bottom of a large zippered plastic bag with salt and place the chicken inside, then fill the rest of the bag with salt and zip it closed. After two weeks, change the salt in the bag. Four more weeks later, remove the chicken and coat it with vegetable oil or baby oil and sprinkle it with spices such as allspice or cinnamon. Dip strips of white linen in glue and cover the chicken with them. Once the glue is dry, the chicken is officially mummified.
After students have learnt about Egypt, have them create a travel brochure showcasing the country. Students should include pictures of the country along with descriptions of the culture, customs, food and attractions. The brochures can be handmade by folding a piece of computer paper in thirds or computer-generated using a basic publishing program.
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