Teacher's Guide - Ancient Egypt - Ramses II Canopic Jars


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Teacher's Guide - Ancient Egypt - Ramses II Canopic Jars Details

This reusable guide covers 1279 BC - 1213 BC and focuses on Ramses II. It is to be used in conjunction with the Canopic Jars (EDU 024 A,B,C,D). Canopic jars were used by ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains. Preserving the human body was very important to the religious beliefs of ancient Egyptians. During the mummification process, all major organs were removed. The liver, lungs, stomach and intestines were each placed in their own jar. This was done because Egyptians believed they would be needed in the afterlife. The heart was left inside the body because they believed it would be weighed in the afterlife, by the god Thoth. Canopic jars were decorated with sculpted heads of the Four Sons of Horus. Horus was god of the sky and depicted as a falcon-headed man. The Sons of Horus were personified by four canopic jars, each with a top representing a human or animal head. Each organ was guarded by a different jar: the liver by Imsety (human head), the lungs by Hapi (baboon head), the stomach by Duamatef (jackal head), and the intestines by Qebehsenuf (falcon head).


Guide Features

  • 4 or 5 - 50 minute lesson format
  • Sustains student interest through the use of colored maps, timelines, pictures, and group discussions
  • Content Area Includes: English-Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Fine Arts
  • Contains reading passages, literary skill builders, real world research projects, thought provoking writing prompts, and math problems
  • CD-ROM containing Maps, Motifs, Decorating Instructions, "Did You Know" Facts, and other appropriate visuals.
  • Correlated to Common Core and National Standards (Grades 3 - 12)
  • 50+ pages of core content presented in a cross-curricular format
  • Developed on the principles of project-based learning and differentiated instruction

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