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Egyptian Tomb Treasures

Ornate sarcophagi are often found in ancient Egyptian burial sites. Create an artistic treasure fit for a queen or king.

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

    1. Ancient Egyptian kings and queens were often buried in elaborately decorated chambers. A stone or cement box (sarcophagus) was usually found inside the tomb. Images and words on the sarcophagus showed important events and interests in the person’s life. A sarcophagus could contain a coffin of solid silver, a gold mummy-board, and even a solid gold mask covering the face of the mummified pharaoh!
    2. Choose authentic designs. Students find out more about ancient Egyptian burial procedures so they can create a realistic sarcophagus. These are a few ideas to get started. Sketch Egyptian patterns and designs with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.
    3. Decorate the sarcophagus. Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Air-dry the project after each of these steps: Paint a recycled box with Crayola Tempera and a brush. Paint patterns on the box with metallic colors of Crayola Premier Tempera. Add Crayola Glitter Glue to highlight prominent designs.
    4. Cut a flap on top of the box. Cut a paper strip with Crayola Scissors. Cover it with glue from a Crayola Glue Stick and roll up tightly to form a knob. Glue it on the flap with Crayola School Glue. If you wish, fill the box with other replica burial treasures.
  • 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 electronic resource: The Coffins of Ancient Egypt located at

    Students investigate and complete an alphabet of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Once the alphabet is complete, students write words and names on papyrus paper, if available. Provide space in the classroom to display student writing.


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