Monday, April 27, 2009

Creative learning: Mummification

Shouts of "eww" and "gross" filled the classroom as Dorothy Baxley pulled the liver, stomach, intestines and lungs out of Pharaoh Bear's body and put them on the table next to her.

The stuffed bear had passed away earlier that morning, Baxley explained, and they needed to take out all of his organs to make Pharaoh Bear into a mummy — that way, he could last forever.

The second-graders at Arthur A. Ware Jr. Elementary School were just starting a unit on ancient Egypt and Baxley, executive director of the Children's Art Network, was leading crafts and activities to introduce them to the topic.

"They love it," said teacher Kim Eldred. "Especially by second grade, because they don't get to do many crafts and sort of get a chance to be little again."

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