Ancient Egyptian mummies are very cool, and middle school students enjoy learning about them. They like making them even more! This lecture covers the questions: What is a mummy, who was made into mummies, what are animal mummies, and how were animal mummies made? The students will take notes about 3 different types of animal mummies made in ancient Egypt: pets, sacred animals, and fakes. This background information is perfect for launching a project where the students will create their own fake animal mummies!
The art project lesson plan explains how to construct an animal mummy sculpture out of papier-mâché and plaster. The grading rubric is included and it focuses on the visual elements of shape and form in addition to texture. This lesson takes about 10 class periods to complete, but it can be shorted or extended depending on how large the students will make their sculptures.
This download includes a PowerPoint presentation about Ancient Egyptian animal mummies and a PDF file to print. The PDF contains a descriptive lesson plan with illustrations and student examples, a note guide printout for students, and a grading rubric for the fake animal mummy project.
For a fun way to conclude an Egyptology unit, guide the students through the mummification process with Ancient Egyptian Mummy Reenactment Activity
This work by Klaire Pearson
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