Ancient Egypt for Teachers Home
Art Language Arts Math and Science Mummies Social Studies
Make Your Own Canopic Jars
Major Resources
Note: Activity takes place over 5 sessions; this is Session 1.

Students see the video:
"Mummies Made in Egypt" WNED-TV and Great Plains National Television Library. Lincoln, NE, 1988. 30 minutes.
This is part of the Reading Rainbow Series available at most public libraries. The video is both entertaining and factual.

Students see a variety of pictures of canopic jars in the following books:Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
This is the best book I read to elementary-age students. It can be used with the video (above) to introduce an Egyptian unit.

Hart, George. Ancient Egypt. New York:Knopf, 1990.
Newsweek. Great Museums of the World: Egyptian Museum Cairo. New York: Newsweek, 1969.

Students discuss why ancient Egyptians wanted to preserve the body as a home for the spirit. They learn how internal organs were removed from the body in order to better preserve them in stone jars. Jars with the head of a jackal held the stomach, the baboon held the lungs, the falcon held the intestines and the human-headed jar held the liver. The heart was treated and returned to the chest, while the brain was discarded.

Small 5" bottles can be ordered from American Science and Surplus, 3 for $1.50 call 847 982-0890 (any 4-8 ounce bottle will work).
Pariscraft and Model Magic available through Art Supply stores and catalogs. Many now have websites; search under Art Supplies.

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