I work with students who are English language learners and have learning disabilities. They also come from families that struggle with paying bills and affording school supplies and books. Despite these challenges, my students bring many strengths to the classroom, including a passion for learning and a willingness to take risks as they acquire the building blocks of reading.
My students love math, science, computers, and art, and they love learning how things work.
They are curious about the world and are eager to improve their literacy skills.
My sixth graders need books about mummies, pyramids, cats, and hieroglyphs to learn about the life and culture of Ancient Egypt. They will delve into these colorful books to read for pleasure and to research this influential culture. They will create a travel brochure advertising this fascinating lands. They will create a unique cartouche on the papyrus paper that represents their name and identity. My students will create prints of pharoahs and their cats using gold leaf and shiny paper to showcase the dazzling jewels and curios from this ancient culture. They will paint desert landscapes with the pyramids under a sky of sparkling stars and decorate the border with stencils and hierglyphs.
In 1998, Peter Stearns, from the American Historical Association, wrote "Why Study History" and asserted that history helps students become better citizens, is an important subject to teach students because history contributes to our moral understanding, provides a sense of identity, and helps us understand people and societies and how they relate to our own lives today.
Students who research topics such as Ancient Egypt will have a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and an increased awareness and appreciation for diverse cultures.
My students will benefit from this arts-integrated unit while working on sixth-grade literacy and history standards. The hands-on art projects coupled with the library of books about Ancient Egypt will enrich our classroom and the lives of my students. These books and materials will provide hours of discovery and magic to my students as they unwrap the mysteries and wonders of Ancient Egypt.
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