Perhaps because of the current zombie crazy, my students were fixated on Egyptian mummies, so we dove right in. With younger students, I shared Judy Schachner's book, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, in which Skippyjon imagines that he is mummified during a treasure-hunting adventure in an Egyptian pyramid.
Older students learned about the mummification process by reading portions of DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt.Mummy Maker game.
Students can create their own pharaoh headdresses just like the ones Pete and our other library cats wore for our book fair.
headdress template. Then kids just color, cut, and assemble three pieces into the completed headdress.
For science and writing, we looked up the definitions of the word oasis. Many students were surprised to discover that deserts contain wet, fertile areas. Next we discussed why oasis can also refer to a refuge or pleasant place. Finally, students brainstormed about their own ideas of a reading oasis and then wrote about and illustrated their perfect places.
For more independent learning and fun, kids can check out Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles webpage. The Kane Chronicles series is based on Egyptian mythology, and the site includes information about Egyptian mythology and Egyptian magic as well as links to online games about Egypt.