This fun and interactive activity teaches students about ancient Egyptian mummification through reenactment. Students will role play while they learn how to "mummify" one of their classmates, who will play the part of the deceased pharaoh. The rest of the class will pretend to be embalmers and other people involved in the mummification process. The students will select their roles by picking cards that illustrate different items used in the mummification process, and the instructor will direct the activity.
This download includes a detailed lesson plan explaining how to lead the class in the role playing activity. All the steps of the mummification process are listed with the items used. There is also a cheat sheet that lists all the items used in a chart for quick reference to use during this fun activity. There are 8 double-sided pages to print with 4 images on the front and 4 labels on the back. The 32 items include the mummy, canopic jars, amulets, organs, scrolls, and other burial goods. There are 25 unique images, but a few of the amulets repeat in different colors to accommodate for larger class sizes. The first 8 pages of objects are in color, and the next 8 are just in black outline to make printing easier.
To prepare for this lesson, just print, laminate, and cut the cards. You also need to tear or cut strips of fabric to wrap the "mummy" for a more authentic experience. You can use old sheets or scraps of fabric, which is how embalmers wrapped real mummies in ancient Egypt.
This mummification activity is fun to do as part of a Halloween or an Egyptology themed unit. To teach students how to draw in the ancient Egyptian style with step-by-step PowerPoint demonstration, check out Draw Like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Art Project
This work by Klaire Pearson
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