ACCESS SERIES | Nile, Nile Crocodile
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.
- 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.
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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.
- 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?
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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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