For five weeks students in Shirley Ball's sixth-grade social studies class at Schwegler School studied ancient Egypt. Special attention was given to the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.
"The students have a natural fascination with Egypt," Ball said, "and getting them motivated was not a problem."
Fifteen students researched the subject and wrote scripts, the creative-writing aspect of the class, from the point of view of a character involved in the 1922 discovery that transfixed the world.
The students, dressed in hand-made Egyptian costumes, delivered the reports to their classmates. They made wigs, costumes and even cardboard and twine sandals.
The show-and-tells didn't lack drama. Leslie Rhoten made her presentation with the classroom lights turned off. She used a flashlight to illuminate her oversized drawing showing various chambers in King Tut's tomb. Meg Schraad was mummy-like, wrapped in gauze as she read her report.
Schwegler sixth-graders participating in the King Tut project were: Drew Vogel, Vicki Bentley, Shannon Worley, Brian Flescher, Susie Warden, Lauren Smith, Martha Penturf, Drew Vogel, Megan Heacock, Jacob Gage, Marcus Davis, Leslie Rhoton, Kara Roberts, Meg Schraad and Sam Goodell.
Ball has been sharing her enthusiasm for social studies at Schwegler for 21 years.
"I couldn't have done the project without the help of Bev Hurd, our gifted-education paraprofessional; Judith Lacey, our gifted-education teacher; and parent volunteer Lisa Boley. It was definitely a four-woman job," she said. smiling.
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