Review anyartefacts children may have brought in
Explain to the children that when archaeologists uncovered tombs inEgypt they found the bodies of people that had been preserved asmummies. Tell the children that these mummies had been placedinside a sarcophagus or coffin. Discuss with the children that theythink the archaeologists could learn about Ancient Egyptian lifefrom looking at the mummies that they found.
Tell the children that the Ancient Egyptians believed that whenthey died that they would travel to another world. The idea behindmummies was to preserve their body so that it could be used in thenext world. The Ancient Egyptians also put into their tombeverything that they thought they would need in the next world suchas furniture, games and food.
Show slideshow on mummification on whiteboard from ChildrensUniversity website.
Use whiteboard to display a set of jumbled up instructions abouthow to make a mummy. Read through the instructions with thechildren and get them to sort the instructions into the correctorder. You can also get the children to mime each of theinstructions so that they can explore what happened.
Leave out the set of mummy instructions that the children workedwith in the introduction to the lesson. Ask the children tosimplify the instructions to make them easier to understand. Theycan also add illustrations to show what is happening in eachinstruction.
If the children have time that can also add some hieroglyphics totheir scroll to make it look authentic. Tell the children to usehieroglyphics to match with the instructions about making amummy.
Support some children by providing them with a set of simplifiedinstructions to sort and to use on their scrolls. The children canadd pictures to illustrate each of the instructions. Some childrencan be extended by getting them to research in history topic booksabout the process of mummification and to write their own set ofinstructions.
Plenary: Review childrens work