Ancient Artifacts Inspire Skills

By Terry Maguire, 6th Grade Cultural Sties Teacher

The sixth grade has been looking to the past to better understand our present. We have been digging into various aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and science as students have embarked on research projects.

An ancient Egyptian funerary figure is one of the artifacts on loan from the Penn Museum.

An ancient Egyptian funerary figure is one of the artifacts on loan from the Penn Museum.

We have been fortunate to have actual artifacts on loan from theThe University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to examine and spark our imaginations.

The range of topics for this project include the pyramids, the afterlife, and women’s rights. By organizing their findings into outlines, students are gathering skills that they will use for our “Big Idea Paper” later this trimester. Likewise, the the focus on nonfiction reading skills while reading Sugar Changed the World in language arts, such as recognizing the tone of an author, will assist students in their writing of a five-paragraph essay.