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6th Graders Flood the Nile!

Ms. Coyle’s 6th grade Social Studies class is currently studying Ancient Egypt. As part of that lesson, the students are learning about the Nile River and the Egyptian’s dependance on the Nile for fresh water and agriculture. The class was tasked with building a model of the Nile that they would then flood to show how the yearly occurrence in Egypt was beneficial to the survival of the Ancient Egyptians.

The models consisted of the river bed, fertile soil planted with papyrus seeds, the desert sands and rocks to represent the mountain ranges. After building their models, the students flooded their rivers so they could see how the annual flooding gives much needed water to crops along the shore and how the desert sands act as a natural break to the flood waters.



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What’s Happening in Room 17?

As part of a Social Studies PBL Unit on Ancient Egypt, Ms. Coyle had her 6th grade students do a Directed Drawing exercise to draw a typical Egyptian hieroglyphic image. The students first practiced the basic elements of shape – dot, circle, line, curve, etc. and then they were shown how to break down the sample drawing of an Egyptian male into those basic elements and put it to paper.

After just 30 minutes, some amazing hieroglyphics were starting to emerge!

A big thank you to our “PCC Angels” for donating the Sharpie pens that you see being used by the students!






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