Week 10: Mummies
READ: K – 3: Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
4 – 6: Secret of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
7 – 8: Egyptian Mummies by Delia Pemberton
- What is a mummy? (a dead body dried out so it won’t decay)
- What was the first step in how mummies were made? (They took out the inner organs.)
- How were the brains removed? (by a hook through the nostrils)
- What was the body stuffed with? (linen, natron – a type of salt, sand, & saw dust)
- What was the body wrapped with? (linen)
- What were amulets? (magical figures tucked between the wrappings)
- What were the 4 canopic jars for? (jars were symbolic of gods who protected the lungs, stomach, liver, & intestines or stomach)
- What was a nest of coffins? (a coffin inside a coffin, inside a coffin)
- Why were curses often written on the coffins & tomb? (to keep out thieves)
- Where were most Egyptian tombs? (in the desert)
- What is the most famous mummy ever found? (Tutankhamen – King Tut)
- What things did people have buried with them? (things to take to the afterlife: gold, boats, pets, many other household objects)
K – 3: Apple mummy experiment: Cut an apple in half. Put one apple in a Tupperware completely covered with salt. Keep the other apple sitting out on a dish. View the 2 apples after 1, 2 and 3 weeks. Which apple looks decayed? Which apple looks relatively the same?
4 – 5: Write an essay: if you had the opportunity to go into a mummy’s tomb, would you want to go? Why or why not?
6 – 8: Write an essay: name 3 new things you learned about mummies from reading this book? Give details about each one.
Copyright February 16th, 2013 by Gwen Fredette