Canon-Mac's Seventh Graders in Mr. Carney's Class Wrote Like Egyptians in Hands-On Papyrus/Hieroglyphics Project

(Pictured: The final product! Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as the study ancient Egyptians.)
Posted On: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Seventh grade social studies teacher Mr. Carney said he became inspired to do this project from a picture he inherited from his wife's grandfather.  It was an Egyptian picture painted on a homemade version of papyrus paper.  It is framed and hanging in his classroom. 

"I thought it would be a nice hands-on activity and a chance to step out of the traditional classroom setting.  The students could get their hands messy and be a little creative."

Mr. Carney said.

Mr. Carney had the students use paper bags he collected from the grocery store and some old tan construction paper found in the storage room at Canonsburg Middle School, probably sitting there since Ancient Egyptian times, Mr. Carney jokes.

"I thought the two types of paper and textures would allow the students to be more creative when making their papyrus."

Looking at the pictures below, there is a notable difference between the combination of papers some of them used.  The binding agent was a 50/50 mixture of water and Elmer's glue.  The students ripped the paper into strips and dunked them into the glue water.  They had to remove the excess glue water with their fingers and lay the first layer vertically (overlapping the strips) onto a sheet of wax paper.  They did the same for the second layer but overlapping them horizontally instead.  Then they allowed them to dry overnight. 

The next day they started class by completing a decoding hieroglyphics packet.  The students then used the decoding sheet to write their names (including Dr. Taranto's) on the papyrus paper they made the day before.  The pictures show some of the finished projects. What a great idea and a fantastic authentic learning experience for these students!

Click through the album below for more photos from the experience:

 

Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Mr. Carney’s seventh grade social studies classes created their own papyrus and wrote in hieroglyphics as they studied ancient Egyptians. Dr. T received a nice surprise in his mailbox from this lesson!




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