Today I have tested the following out on two children of the ages 8 and 10:
· Quiz Wordsearch (from Session 1 – The Pyramids)
· Draw Your Day worksheet (from Session 2 – Living In Egypt)
· Memory card game (from Session 3 – Mummification process)
Please note that only one of these children have studied the History of Ancient Egypt (the 10 year old) the 8 year old has little knowledge of Egypt. Also, the age I aim aiming this activity pack at is the age of 9.
Before each task, I spoke with both of the children about the topic. The first one for example, was the pyramids. We discussed them for 10-15 minutes and they discovered they knew a lot more than they thought they did.
Quiz Wordsearch (from Session 1 – The Pyramids)
This is a quiz wordsearch I have produced on the Pyramids. The idea is to fill in the missing letters on the quiz sheet to complete words and then once those words are complete, the children must find them in the wordsearch.
The quiz wordsearch proved to be a success, particularly after we’d talked before hand and discussed the reasons why pyramids were built and how they were build. I found that both of the children enjoyed finding each word in the wordsearch in particular but needed some help with filling in the words on the quiz sheet (to be able to find them in the search) However, this only happened for a few words and I found the majority there were able to fill in themselves, particularly the 10-year-old who seemed to get very excited when he matched a word correctly in the missing-letter-spaces provided.
Overall I am pleased with the way the children carried out this task. They seemed enthusiastic and keen to learn and asked almost right away what I have for them next!
Draw Your Day Worksheet (from Session 2 – The Pyramids)
This is a worksheet where children have six boxes on a page where they must ‘draw their day.’ The idea is to compare their day to that of an Egyptian child, which would be the analysis at the end of the session.
When testing these sheets out, I found that both the children enjoyed and seemed to be equally involved with as there was no ‘academic testing’ involved to test their knowledge of Egypt. Even though the task was to draw pictures, I found that when we talked about them as they were drawing, they had developed an interest and were able to already see the differences from their life to that of a child 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. For example, the 8-year-old commented on the cereal she eats, comparing it to the breakfast of an Egyptian child, which consisted of bread and fruit.
The results and enthusiasm I got from the children whilst completing this worksheet has given me confidence that the approach I have taken with it has come across correctly and proved to be an enjoyable experience for both of them.
Memory Card Game (from Session 3 – Mummification)
This particular activity is taken from Session 3 which is about Mummification. The activity is card game based on memory, a bit like snap where you have to match the pairs up. Each card is supplicated and placed face down on the table infront, and each child must take it in turns to turn over 2 cards at a time to try and match up a pair. I’ve tried to help this by making sure each card has a strong visual of an object used during the mummification process.
The results of this activity showed the children thoroughly enjoyed the game as they wanted to play for a second time. I wanted this task to not only be a fun game to play, but something for the children to remember and retain information from. I wanted the visuals on the cards to help the children remember all the important items used during mummification. After playing the game, we discussed the mummification process again and I’m delighted to say that they managed to retain the information I gave them previous to playing the game!