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John Jay Middle School Transforms Library Into 'Egyptian Museum'

Miranda Schloat, a sixth-grader at John Jay Middle School, shows her Egyptian history project.
Miranda Schloat, a sixth-grader at John Jay Middle School, shows her Egyptian history project. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A team of sixth-graders recently displayed their "Egyptian Museum" project in the John Jay Middle School library.
A team of sixth-graders recently displayed their "Egyptian Museum" project in the John Jay Middle School library. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Javier Alicea-Kahn, a sixth-grade student at John Jay Middle School, displays his Egyptian history project.
Javier Alicea-Kahn, a sixth-grade student at John Jay Middle School, displays his Egyptian history project. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- Sixth-grade students in Cross River researched ancient Egyptian life and created visual aids to transform John Jay Middle School’s library into an Egyptian museum filled with artifacts.

Parents and students were invited to explore the museum on Dec. 22 and speak with the exhibitors about their projects, which offered insight into all aspects of ancient Egyptian life.

“The students gave oral presentations based on research papers they had created about a specific Egyptian topic,” said Team Inspire co-leader Marcia Daley-Savo. “This was an interdisciplinary, project-based social studies and language arts lesson.”

Miranda Schloat’s project explored the toys and games that ancient Egyptian children enjoyed. She re-created a board game called “Mehen” to display at the museum.

“Most games were for younger children because they would start hunting around 11 or 12,” Schloat explained.

Javier Alicea-Kahn researched men’s clothing for his project and shared facts about the tunics residents wore. He explained that the simplicity of the clothing correlated with the temperature of the region, which ranged on average between 65 and 112 degrees Fahrenheit. While most of the clothing had a basic and functional look, he said, subtle differences could indicate the wearer’s class.

“Higher-ranking officials would wear gold,” Alicea-Kahn said, pointing out his handmade replicates.

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