The 6th graders in Robert Schawo's and Mike Jennings's world history classes at Jardine Middle School got the opportunity to practice their sleuthing skills as they explored the school’s newest classroom: King Tut’s tomb.
to a grant provided by Topeka
Public Schools Foundation, Schawo and Jennings, and several
artistically-inclined parents, have spent much of their free time this semester
turning an empty room in the school’s basement into a new, fun way to learn... about history.
Inspired by a similar project at Robinson Middle School, the teachers painted
the room to look like King Tut’s tomb and planted color-coded clues around the
chamber. The students, armed with flashlights, ventured into the tomb to collect
their clues. They hoped their discoveries will help them develop theories about
how the young Egyptian king may have perished. This project accompanies the
content they learned about earlier in the school year.
The students had a
great time working in teams, getting out of the traditional classroom atmosphere
and, of course, playing with their flashlights. And perhaps, in the process, one
of the students will finally be able to solve the mystery surrounding King Tut’s