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A spooktacular history lesson

Sunday, October 21, 2012

With Will Barnes looking on, Cody Hodge, right, demonstrates part of the embalming process used in ancient Egypt.
(Submitted photo)
Students in Amanda Thompson's world history class at Cascade Middle School may have strayed from a lesson plan on early civilization and the emergence of pastoral peoples just a bit.

Tasked with identifying significant individuals and events in Ancient Egypt, and to build three-dimensional representations of key icons of the culture and time period, the students dug into their assignment.

Think a life-size mummy, delivered to the school's front lobby by Hannah Redd. There were smaller mummies, of course, and sarcophogas' and pyramids made of wood and plaster and cake and rice crispy squares. Students crafted death masks and amulets representing the time period as well.

With active (but appropriate) participation by parents, many of the projects exceeded the expectations of the assignment.

To the delight of his fellow sixth graders, Cody Hodge stole the show. Not only did he craft the head of a pharaoh, "He used a hook to pull the brains out of the nose of the head. It was great!" said Thompson.

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