Social Studies -- Traditions and Cultures

Content Area:  Social Studies – Egypt 

Grade Level:  Eight

Objectives with Illinois Learning Standards

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18.A.3 Explain how language, literature, the arts, architecture and traditions contribute to the development and transmission of culture.

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18.B.3a Analyze how individuals and groups interact with and within institutions

Objectives

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Students will learn about different kinds of mummies around the world

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Students will examine a well-known mummy or mummy group and present images and facts to the class

Strategies/Techniques: 

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brainstorming

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summarizing

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projects

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research

Materials: 

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markers

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internet access

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world map

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pencils

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notebook paper

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dry erase board/chalkboard

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dry erase marker/chalk

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Procedures:

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Anticipatory Set: 

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Everyone knows something about mummies: what they are, where they are found, or why people were mummified. 

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Today we are going to research different types of mummies. 

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In pairs, we will then create a PowerPoint presentation. 

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This will be presented in class, on a designated topic, relating to mummies.

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Development:

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Talk with the students and develop a list on the chalkboard/dry erase board of their knowledge of mummies

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Mummies have been found all around the world.

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There are many different types of mummies.

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People were mummified for many reasons

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Designate a partner for each student.  Each group is to create a PowerPoint presentation to be presented to the class. 

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Each group will be assigned a type of mummy and it to include specific examples of these mummies.

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Bog mummies

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Ice mummies

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Desert and cave mummies

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Embalmed mummies

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Students will note important facts and create a PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of 7 slides including the following information:

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An introductory slide with the type of mummy researched and the group members

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Discovery – location/time period

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What scientists found

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Preservation

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General information about the type of mummy

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Interesting pictures

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Sources

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Students will present their project to the class, briefly explaining each slide, and lasting approximately 8-10 minutes.  This will be evaluated according to participation, research and writing skills, elements, and creativity.

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Closure: 

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The class will revisit the list of what they new before researching mummies and add what they have learned after the completion of research and presentations.  The instructor will point out, on a world map, where mummies have been discovered, from the student’s presentations, including any extra information necessary.

Modifications/Adaptations:

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Complete a model PowerPoint presentation for students to refer to when creating their presentation.

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Explain to students how to use a picture to create a background for the slide.

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Provide students with the opportunity to work on the assignment at home if time becomes limited.

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Allow students to search in the library for more information.

Extensions: 

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Students will include information relating to the culture, religion, and daily lives of the members of the civilization. 

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They may also include how a scientist determines a mummy’s sex, age, diet, social standing, cause of death, or original appearance. 

Technology

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The Internet & Microsoft PowerPoint

Assessment of Student Learning: 

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Students will have created and presented a mini-lesson on their knowledge of the traditions in creating mummies and the cultures that surround the different types of mummies. 

Sources:  http://school.discovery.com/lessonplanns/programs/makingmummies/

 

 

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