Candid Reflections

October 6, 2009

A Mock-Up of the Fertile Crescent

Filed under: Homeschool — candid reflections @ 9:14 am

We’re studying ancient history this year, and we’ve enjoyed our brief look at the Egyptians, Sumerians, and Assyrians.  We met with Wendy and her girls last week for a history activity day, and as usual, our afternoon was packed with fun! 

We were out to build a working model of the Nile River/Fertile Crescent.

First we formed a river from clay.

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Then we lined the river banks with fertile soil, and sprinkled an outer layer of sand.  Next, we planted seed in the fertile soil, as the ancient Egyptian farmers did, and then stuck in a little red pyramid for aesthetic reasons.

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Finally,  it was time for the annual rising of the Nile, so we filled the river until it’s banks overflowed, watering our seed. 

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Finally, we feasted on succulent fruits most likely enjoyed by the ancient Egyptians.  Yum!

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And a few days later we found that our river banks were fertile indeed!

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1 Comment »

  1. Wow! Your Egyptian feast whoops the pants off ours. We were studying Egypt for the last 3 weeks, too. My daughter really enjoyed the feast. We were planning to make the model Nile as well, so it’s good to see a real live version.

    Comment by Michelle — September 14, 2010 @ 6:26 am


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