Ancient Egypt Comes to Life

William Reyes standing in front of his sarcophagus that is displayed next to the pyramid created by all of the student bricks.
William Reyes standing in front of his sarcophagus that is displayed next to the pyramid created by all of the student bricks.

As Silas Wood students in Ms. Cirillo’s social studies classes learn about Ancient Egypt with the help of Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Heavey, they are bringing Egypt to life inside the walls of room 113. Recently, the students mummified a porgy after removing the vital organs and placing them into canopic jars created in class. The students learned about the mummification process so those who attended the PTA-sponsored presentation on mummification were able to understand and contribute during question-and-answer periods.

 

This week, the students created their own pyramid "brick,” which will be decorated throughout the next two weeks with various concepts that are part of the Egyptian unit. So far, they have researched a god or goddess of Egypt in the computer lab, created an illustration of their god or goddess, presented details about their god or goddess to their class, and added their work to the inside of their brick. One student, William Reyes, created a sarcophagus to display next to the pyramid created by all of the student bricks.

The students then took all their social studies knowledge down the hall to art teacher Ms. Marybeth Hickey’s room, where they made cartouches with their names in hieroglyphics. And then, just to make things even more exciting, the classes make a replica of the sphinx! Anyone who thinks social studies is boring hasn’t walked the schools in South Huntington, that’s for sure!