In addition, each classroom has "whole class" products to trade:additional craft objects, samplings of food which children ate, even a play or performance is a commodity that can be traded.
Introduce Market Day
Allow about 2 weeks to read from resource materials, selecting market topics
Allow about 2 weeks (about 45 minutes every other day, on average) to read from resource materials, selecting market topics and introducing concepts of supply and demand, trade-off, consumption, and an economic plan.
We reviewed the fact that both ancient and modern-day Egyptians have Open Bazaar Markets. We discuss how each of our classes will be making items that the other class does not have, but wants to own, therefore we will supply them with things they want, or demand. Money will not be used. Our class will obtain things we want by trading. We discussed an economic plan of how much would be traded and how to set up the trading areas, and how to encourage traders or consumers to trade with us.
Allow about 2 weeks to introduce and demonstrate each bartering item one lesson at a time, and have students make two of each item - one to keep, the other to trade.
To make Miniature Shabti:
Shabtis, (or schwabtis) small human figurines, were placed in the tomb with the mummy to perform any tasks the deceased might be asked to do in the next life. Ideally, there would be more than 400 such figures, one for every day of the year as well as one overseer for every squad of 10 workers.
Students model 3" shabti-shaped figures, molded from a self-hardening modeling material. I use Claycrete mache, and spray paint the figures gold. If desired, small copies of teacher-made faces can be reduced on the copy machine and glued in place.