Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Egypt & Our Apple Mummy, King Manzana

With SOTW 1, we have been studying Egypt the past few weeks. SOTW recommends making a chicken mummy, but I really didn't want to do this. So, I read online about making a mummy out of an apple, which sounded a lot better to me.

Well, our mummy King Manzana (Spanish for apple) is still "drying out", so we'll have to wait and see what it looks like. We put a slice of apple in a cup and poured a mixture of salt & baking soda over it. We also put a slice of apple in a cup without the mixture as a control. I talked with Alexandra about what a control is and she came up with her hypothesis.

We did quite a few crafts about Egypt last year, so we just talked about the pyramid we'd made of sugar cubes and didn't repeat it.

Here are some books about Egypt that we've enjoyed:
  • The 5,000-year-old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Walker
  • Croco'Nile by Gerrard - cute story
  • Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharoahs: A Book About Ancient Egypt by Gail Gibbons - very good book - an author we like, too
  • Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki - good book about mummies and another author we've enjoyed
  • Mummy Riddles by Hall & Eisenberg - Alexandra loves these little riddle books
  • Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki - Reading Rainbow (video)
  • Valley of the Golden Mummies (Smart About History series) by Holub - this series is fun & informative

Great web site: http://www.geocities.com/sseagraves/ancientegyptlessonplans.htm

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