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What Bugged the Ancient Egyptians? What They Thought of Flies, Bees and Ants

Ilene Sennuwy Springer
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(For Older Students) Learn what the Egyptians discovered about insects (and animals like scorpions), and how these creatures became sacred to the people of the Nile.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
  • Students will learn about the following: √ The science of entomology. √ The difference between insects (with six legs) and arachnids (spiders and scorpions). √ How the ancient Egyptians identified with all the animals that surrounded them, including insects and other related animal life. √ Some of the more influential buglike creatures that tormented and/or delighted the ancient Egyptians. √ The names of some of the gods and goddesses associated with specific insects. Learners will receive a list of resources so that they can continue studying ancient Egyptian entomology on their own.
I hold a Certificate of Museum Studies from Harvard University and a Diploma in Egyptology from Oxford College in England.  And I’ve been to Egypt three times on personalized, educational tours.

I've been captivated by ancient Egypt since I was 10 years old.  And I feel it's my destiny to share my enthusiasm for and expertise on this beautiful and brilliant 5000-year-old civilization with all of you.  I hope to see you soon in this class.  I think you'll agree that The Egyptian Room is an attractive, fun and inspiring place to learn.  And, please, if you like, call me Ms. Sennuwy - my chosen ancient Egyptian name.


Homework Offered
There will be no official homework unless a student requests it.
Assessments Offered
There will be a pre-class quiz that students can take to assess their knowledge before we start the lesson. We will go over the quiz in class. If the students get the answers right, I'm impressed. If they don't, I tell them, I'm happy because I know they will at least learn the facts tested on the quiz.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
No supplies are needed.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be photos of insects and scorpions and some facts that students will hear that may make them squeamish.  If students are "grossed out" by bugs or have an insect phobia,  they shouldn't take the class.
All information will be based on websites from the Internet.  
Joined April, 2020
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Group Class


per class
Meets once
55 min

Completed by 24 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-4 learners per class

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