come alive for children as they travel around the world with Mrs.
Lind-Sherman. Study the geography and cultural differences of the world
and its people – for example, Egypt...
• Turn your room into an archeological dig.
• Write your name in hieroglyphics on a cartouche
• Become an Egyptian jeweler and make a scarab necklace
• Make a mummy and put it in a sarcophagus.
• Working with a small paper map, trace the Nile River, highlight major
cities and discuss the Sahara desert. Make a paper pyramid and place
it on the map.
Obviously you would want to share information through books, videos and the internet to give the students input for this educational experience. Brainstorming what they know before starting and what they learned after completing the project is very satisfying to all concerned.
The ultimate educational experience occurs when you put your students in charge of various centers based on their learning, invite other classrooms in, and have your students teach the visiting students what they learned. This can be an in-house all-day field trip to Egypt for the school. It is especially effective if your students are in simple costumes. They will never forget Egypt and all they learned, and the entire school will benefit as well.
Note: Similar experiences are available for most, if not all, of the world’s countries. Southwest Desert Day can provide another wonderful activity where they learn all about the desert flora and fauna, make research reports on the animals, study the soil, learn about the native tribes of the region, make clay pots, dig for gold or treasure of the area, eat cactus jelly on crackers, etc. The possibilities are endless when you let your imagination soar. Learning can easily be tied to district standards/EALRs in social studies and science.