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Design +14 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

IMPORTANT: Click on the "i" for information icon and the paperclip icons as you move through the collection.

Exploring: Ancient Egypt, the Nile River, and glass museum objects, papercraft, and sand art

Rationale for Instruction:

  • Through the introduction, museum visit, and activities, students connect with an ancient and diverse culture in ways both conceptual and concrete. The ancient Egyptians shaped our modern civilization in fundamental ways and left legacies that are still present today. 

Objectives:

  • Explain features of the daily life of an Ancient Egyptian living on the Nile River, including boat transportation, dress, and animal life. 
  • Explore the ancient origins of glass making in Egypt.
  • Examine how glass making relates to object making, animal representation, and the desert environment of Egypt
  • Plan, create, and share digital and physical works of art that represent ancient (sand art) and modern art forms (digital photography with filters) as well as representational art (papercraft) landscape.

EDUCATORS | For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Nile, Nile Crocodile" << CLICK HERE >>

SET THE STAGE:

  • Maps - Look at the maps in the Smithsonian collection; Where do you think you'll journey to in this collection?
  • "This is Sand" App - an tablet app that changes the pixels on the screen into digital sand.
  • Video about The Nile (for learners who prefer a concrete example)
  • Thought journey down the Nile River; Ask questions about observations along the way. If you are able to transform the furniture to reflect a boat, do so. 
  • Glass making video as well as a primary source text from 1904 (for learners who prefer a concrete example); Help make the connection between the desert sand environment and glass making. 

MUSEUM "VISIT"

  • Go to the gallery; read the panels and explore the objects. The gallery has been re-created in the Learning Lab collection
  • Explore the glass vessels-->What do you notice?
  • Observe the glass animals-->Take turns reading the informational texts; What do the animals represent?

~ BREAK ~

ACTIVITY STATIONS (rotate between activity stations)

  • SAND ART - Create your own ancient Egyptian glass vessel through a sand art design similar to the decorated glass in the museum.
  • "ANCIENT" PHOTOS - Use digital tablets to take photos in a museum gallery and use the built-in filters to create 'ancient-looking' photos like the ones that document historic museum excavations. 
  • PAPERCRAFT LANDSCAPE - Create a three-dimensional landscape of ancient Egypt based on the animals and structures observed in the museum gallery and in the introductory materials. Templates and examples are included. Document your results using photography.

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Title Slide Egypt

Tracie Spinale

MISR Airwork Egyptian Airlines Cairo

National Air and Space Museum

Agenda

Tracie Spinale

Felucca

Tracie Spinale

A River that Decides Tax Rates

Smithsonian Channel

Wind and People Power

Tracie Spinale

Number of Sails

Tracie Spinale

Feluccas (Sailboats) with Open Sails on Canal 1904

National Anthropological Archives

The Nile Perch (Fish)

Tracie Spinale

Sheep

Tracie Spinale

[Pyramids.] 28066 Photonegative

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Camels

Tracie Spinale

Crocodile hunt; Tentyritae attacking crocodiles

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Be on the lookout

Tracie Spinale

Riddle of the Sphinx

Tracie Spinale

The Pyramids at Giza circa 1920's

Human Studies Film Archives

The Sphinx

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Glass Making Videos

Tracie Spinale

Museum gallery visit

Tracie Spinale

Map of Lower and Upper Egypt

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Egyptian Glass

Tracie Spinale

Two-handled jar

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Two-handled vessel

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Vessel

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Flask

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Fragment: A standing goose in low relief

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Mosaic Plaque depicting an ibis

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bead in the form of a pair of ducks

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Beads in the form of a pair of ducks

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Plaque depicting head of a crocodile, perhaps the god Sobek

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Amulet pendant depicting the deity Taurt

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Amulet of the goddess Taweret

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Amulet: a seated monkey

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A Fish amulet; pierced for suspension

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bead, frog

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Amulet, in dolphin form. Pierced for suspension

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Figure of dolphin

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Head of a pharaoh

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Mosaic Plaque

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bottles

Anonymous

Variety of sand colors

Tracie Spinale

Sand pouring technique

Tracie Spinale

Completed sand vessel

Tracie Spinale

Vessel

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Completed sand vessel

Tracie Spinale

Dark blue alabastron with two lugs and yellow and white feather design

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Four-handled vessel

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Making "ancient" photos

Tracie Spinale

Papercraft Obelisk

Tracie Spinale

Papercraft crocodile

Designerspiele

Nile animals

Anonymous

The Sphinx

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Corning Museum of Glass

Smithsonian Magazine