Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Our morning class explored the gods of Ancient Egypt this week as we continued our reading of Chapter 2 from Story of the World. We discussed how Egyptian children would listen to myths told by their parents and that these stories often tried to explain the physical world.
We read a shortened version of the exciting myth about Osiris, Isis, and Set - a tale that offers an explanation for why the Nile River overflows its banks each year and provides water for crops.
We also learned that the king of Egypt was called a pharaoh, and that ancient Egyptians came to worship the pharaoh as a god. We will continue our exploration into the life and death of pharaohs in the coming weeks as we investigate mummies and pyramids.
After we looked at picture cards and names of some of the more well-known gods and goddesses, students spent time in small groups playing "memory" using the cards. Ask them is they remember any of the names and characteristics of these gods, and which animal heads were associated with them!
We concluded our morning class with some original story-telling as students used Story Cubes to create their own stories by rolling the story dice and connecting the images into a plot.
Our word wall continues to grow as we include more vocabulary from our reading and studies of life in ancient Egypt.
When we come together again after Columbus Day, we will learn about the first forms of writing - cuneiform and hieroglyphics.
See you all then!
The Sun God Ra
The ancient Egyptians thought that Ra sailed across the sky with the sun every day.
To follow up on the morning's exploration of Egyptian myth, we read from an astronomy book and then we experienced the movement of the planets around the sun.
We learned the meaning of
Ask your child if he or she remembers what those two terms mean.
Math - Place Value
We will continue working with these two activities for the rest of the fall season, extending the bank game to include the addition and subtraction of large numbers. We will work on our number roles until we reach 1000.
If your child did not bring a toilet paper tube last week, please send it when we meet again so that he or she can begin a number roll.
We will be learning about calendars next time- both ours, and ancient Egyptian. Have a wonderful week off!