Egypt and Rhino fest
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Egypt studies gave us a chance to experience life as a laborer and life as an overseer. Egyptians built some of the largest structures ever made in the world and they did it with slave labor. We divided into groups of three with an overseer and two minions and we built a pyramid from clay. Many of the minions had a hard time without labor unions or breaks to relax! We made paper from materials available to us in the classroom. We heard of the life of a pharoh and his initiations into the priesthood where careful observations of the stars were part of his duties. We made a sundial to watch the hours go by in our classroom and realized that the hands of a clock move across it's face like the shadow moves across a sundial, giving us clockwise and counter clockwise motion. We painted an ancient rhinoceros upsetting a boat on the Nile, even though rhino's have been hunted to extinction by now. But Rhinofest, the avant-guarde theater event needed bright paintings to decorate it's walls, so we sent over a number of exciting scenes. This was our first attempt to put so much into the paintings: the brillian sun of Egypt, the river Nile, a young boater, a rhino (could be hippo, as they are still there) and a crocodile to boot.