Egyptian Museum

From hieroglyphics to housing and a whole lot more

Did Ancient Egyptians put sand in their dough on purpose? Why would wealthy women wear a golden beetle—a scarab—as jewelry? How did the Ancient Egyptians work together to trap migrating birds in marshlands?

These are just some of the fascinating conversations overheard at the Ancient Egyptian Museum on January 4. The pop-up exhibit in John Jay Middle School’s library showcased over twenty exhibits researched and created by students of Team Aspire, taught by Kathy O’Neil, Annette Milne, Elyssa Rekow and Nicole Esterow.

Each sixth-grade docent stood next to the exhibit they created—colorful and creative artifacts which ranged from a working example of a water clock and a diorama of the Nile River Valley to a replica of Cleopatra’s gold serpent bracelet—and offered visitors a fascinating glimpse into life in Ancient Egypt.

The museum is the culmination of a social studies unit on Ancient Egypt

“The students brought the wonders of ancient Egypt to life,” said O’Neil. “Their passion and knowledge were inspiring not only to their peers but also their teachers. It was a joy to see our students embrace history. We are so proud of their hard work, creativity, and dedication to learning!”

Polished, exuberant presentations

The students knew their material inside and out and had carefully crafted their presentations with catchy introductions and key points—allowing them to field questions, keep eye contact and let their enthusiasm for their subject spill out and engage their audience.

Librarian Useted said that one of her joys is watching the seventh and eighth graders visit the museum. “They remember this project!”