Photos by Jennifer Marten
Posted December 12, 2016
Students in the Plymouth School District gifted-and-talented program spent this fall exploring ancient Egypt through a series of hands-on activities.
Students in grades one through four in the Pegasus programs at all three elementary schools participated under the guidance of program coordinator Jennifer Marten.
Students learned about how the Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphs and how the Rosetta Stone helped archeologists figure out what each hieroglyph meant.
They also studied the importance of the Great Pyramids as tombs for some of the Egyptian pharaohs, leading them to delve into the process that was used in mummification and the importance of this in the Egyptian beliefs.
Students then made their own mummies out of potatoes and oranges, drying them using a mixture of salt, baking soda, and corn meal, and will complete the process by wrapping the “mummies” in linen. Meanwhile, each student has made a canopic jar, a death mask, and a sarcophagus to house the mummy.
As part of the unit, students also learned about the tomb raiders and archeologists who found the ancient tombs, and then tested their own archeological skills with mummy excavation kits.