Ancient Egypt with Grade 6
I love combining the students' lessons with art. They were studying Ancient Egypt in Social Studies and that period of history is an art teacher's dream. Each student began the paper sarcophagi by researching different hierolglyphic symbols in their art journal. Words like scarab, Eye of Rah, etc. They penciled in these symbols in their journals. They then used Penn Museum's Archaelogical website to look up what their name would be in heiroglyphics. They were to write these symbols down the middle of the sarcophagus. Each student designed their own. We went over different sarcophagus designs and sketched them before doing the good copy. After painting, we stuffed them and stapled them. I had 8 x 10 black and white side profile pics taken of each child. After they were done, they were to decorate their photo as if they were living in Ancient Egypt with Sharpies. They loved doing it but since they are middle schoolers, after all, I couldn't convince many of them to let me hang their finished photos in the hall. LOL.