Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ancient Egypt Foldable Books

With four weeks of school left, I thought some project-based learning would be a lot of fun for all of us!  I've decided to do a unit on Ancient Egypt becuase it can be taught through several subject areas.  We can encorporate shared reading passages, read alouds, geography, science experiments, and even egyptian math!  Along the way, students are authoring their own non-fiction Ancient Egypt foldable books.  Instructions on how to assemble the book out of two manilla envelopes can be found here:

And here are several pics of our Egypt book.  Students do not have to make theirs exactly like mine.  They may find other interesting information through our research that they wish to include in their book.  I love that they won't all be the same!!

Here is my cover:

The first set of inside pages: (notice that this page has a pocket on the left side from the envelope...this will be used to hold other foldables and research)

The first set of inside pages all opened up:

The second set of inside pages:

The second set of inside pages all opened up:

The third set of inside pages: (notice this page also has a pocket created from the can see this is storage for some of our shared reading passages and other fun activities)

The third set of inside pages opened up:

The back cover is dedicated to Egyptian math.

I am so excited for this unit of study to unfold.  Some fun activities I have planned include mummifying and apple experiment, toilet paper mummies, pyramid construction competition from marshmallows and toothpicks, designing a tomb-robber proof pyramid, writing notes to the principal in hyroglyphics, and making "papyrus."

We start our mummified apples experiment tomorrow, so look for a post with results in a couple weeks!  


  1. Love this! I can't wait to use it with my kids next year. I'm a big lover of the Revolutionary War and will probably use this foldable for that unit. Thank you!


  2. I love this! How did you go about in presenting this awesome project to your class? Was it a take home project or in class or a bit of both? Also what was the time-frame in completing the awesome book?

  3. I am very interested in the differentiated homework you blogged about in 2012. Is that still going on in your school? Can you put me in touch w a second grade teacher who is still doing that work? Many thanks, Carolyn Newman, Moreland Hills School, Pepper Pike OH