Here are some more pics of Otter’s recent projects for ancient history from History Pockets.
A pop-up Egyptian courtyard :
A cut & paste tomb:
A flip-flap booklet of Egyptian gods and goddesses:
A pyramid shape book:
An ancient Egyptian person
(with sheer “cloth” *cough* -toilet paper- clothing overlay)
Otter usually does his History Pocket projects during our read-alouds. It keeps his hands busy and his mind focused on the stories or information that is being read.
After I read to him, I usually ask him questions about what we read and he also often provides a narration that summarizes the material.
One of the books we finished last week is:
This adventure story is about Senmut, a boy in ancient Egypt. After his father is bitten by a Cobra, Senmut attempts to carve a statue of the healer goddess Sekhmet with the hopes it will cure his father. While working, he thoughtlessly tosses a tool and accidentally kills a sacred dove. Senmut is sent to the mines for his crime. Will he survive his harsh sentence? Will he ever see his father alive again?
I scheduled this book as a reader, although I actually did it as a read-aloud due to the Egyptian spirituality that is woven throughout the story. I wanted to be on hand to edit out or explain/discuss portions because I didn’t feel comfortable with a lot of it. It’s a worthwhile story though, because it gives a realistic picture of ancient Egyptian beliefs, how lives were ruled by these beliefs, and makes this ancient culture more accessible to young readers.
Otter’s rating: 5 stars