Just 5,000 years ago, a mighty and powerful kingdom existed.
Much like Blythe, ancient Egypt had very little rainfall, with a dry, desert climate and rich, fertile land.
Using the north-flowing river to irrigate water and to mass produce staple crops, ancient Egypt not only impacted agriculture, but every aspect of life as we now know it.
With closed to 100 pyramids left standing today and other archaeological discoveries which illustrate both its cultural and intellectual influences, Egypt continues to be one of the “Great Wonders of the World.”
Learning about the early civilization from mummies, gods, pyramids and pharaohs, sixth grade students at Margaret White Elementary School discovered similarities and differences of today’s society versus life in 3,000 BCE.
In Ms. Andaya’s social studies class, students were asked to create three-dimensional projects regarding Egyptian monuments, mummies and mythical creatures they learned about.
With the help of their parents and by recycling of everyday household items, students Logan Hafen, Alyeen Castillo, Kole White and Kenneth Salazar brought back to life mummified objects, pyramids and King Tut.
White said it took about three to four hours to complete his depiction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
One of the largest pyramids in Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Giza stands 480-ft. high, using 2.3 million blocks that weighed 2.5 to 15 tons each.
During his presentation, White shared: “I didn’t know Egypt before this class, but I learned that the steps inside this pyramid were made for the pharaohs to climb and reach the afterlife.”
Expanding White’s idea, Salazar’s project portrayed actual steps into the afterlife and ancient Egypt’s hierarchy.
Covered by palm trees, endless sand and the Nile River running along the east bank of the land, Salazar’s pyramid included a dead bodyguard who stood watch over the king’s tomb, to protect his goods and worldly possessions from being stolen by tomb raiders.
“For this project, I am Pharaoh,” Salazar proudly expressed, “and here is my mummified body lying in my coffin…If I could go back in time, I would probably be a priest, since that’s right next to the Pharaoh and it’s pretty high up in their class system.”
Hafen, constructing a life-size King Tutankhamun, said it was fun remaking the 4’9” pharaoh.
“This is King Tut’s coffin and he probably was this tall in real life. He had scoliosis and was 9 years old when he became king,” said Hafen. “It took us two days to make him, and if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t want to be a pharaoh. They used unskilled workers for their strength and muscles and they weren’t easy jobs.”
Enjoying time well-spent with her family as they decorated the display of pharaoh’s tomb, Castillo said her favorite part of the project was wrapping linen around the mummies.
“My project was based on the afterlife and mummification. Mummification is when they had the pharaoh, which is the ruler of Egypt, preserved by embalming the body,” said Castillo. “Egyptians were huge on the afterlife so they wanted to give him jewelry and put his organs in a jar, which they thought would help him go to the gods. In the afterlife, they believe their regular life still went on, so they would oftentimes put the pharaoh’s pet in the tomb with him, so they could be together.”
After learning about the spectacular architect, unique farming skills, religious beliefs and the pharaohs’ rule over the resourceful land, all the students agreed that they would love to take a trip to Egypt and see the real wonders they created.