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Egyptian Tomb Diorama

Explore the treasures of ancient Egyptian tombs! Recreate a wondrous tomb full of detail in this Model Magic® diorama.

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ancient Egyptian tombs are full of wonder and treasures! The treasures left behind in these tombs were intended to supply the buried spirit with everything it would need in the afterlife. These items have been very important in helping us discover what life was like for ancient Egyptians.
    2. Share pictures of uncovered tombs with the class. Ask students what items have been found buried in these tombs? What could these objects have been used for? What else is in the tombs? Sculptures? Wall paintings? Each object has important significance and was buried for a purpose. Students do research to find out why these works of art were included.
    3. Students use the information they find to design a diorama of an ancient Egyptian tomb! Start by finding a small, recycled box, like a tissue box, in which to build a diorama. Fill the diorama with treasures molded out of Crayola Model Magic®! Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.
    4. Use Crayola Classic Markers to add details to the walls of the tomb and the Model Magic pieces. You can also use items in the classroom, like paperclips and marker caps, to mold the Model Magic with exquisite details! Remember to decorate the outside of the diorama as well!
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grade level complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.

    SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

    VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources: Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris by Emily Sands; Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt by Lila Perl Kerkow & Erika Weihs; King Tut's Tomb by Amanda Doering Tourville

    Students take a virtual tour of an Ancient Egyptian tomb at The Virtual Egyptian Museum located at

    Organize a museum field trip to explore Egyptian tomb artifacts. Prior to the visit, students compose questions that they will look to answer during the trip. Upon returning from the field trip, students post learning to a class blog.


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