September 17, 2014
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Cedar Hill sixth graders can really walk and talk Egyptian
Beacon photos by Jessica A. Botelho
WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN: Dressed in black, Cedar Hill’s three sixth grade teachers, Kerri O’Rorke (left), Stephanie Fraser (center) and Heidi Cianfarani, worked together to teach students about Egypt. On Friday, students performed a song and dance for their teachers and parents, showcasing everything they learned.

With The Bangles hit song from the 1980s, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” blaring through the gymnasium, the three sixth grade classes at Cedar Hill Elementary School performed an educational song and dance about the ancient country of pharaohs and mummification Friday morning for their parents and teachers.

The performance marked the culmination of their lesson on Egypt, as they’ve been studying the country for the last month and a half.

“After reading about it in books, this makes it come alive,” said one of the three sixth grade teachers, Heidi Cianfarani. “They get to experience the culture, and dressing up is the fun part.”

Another sixth grade teacher, Stephanie Fraser, agreed.

“It makes it a lot more interesting for students,” she said. “And it gives them a lot of memories.”

Aside from the performance, students were responsible for making a model project, as well as a research report. Most of them created pyramids or The Sphinx out of clay, and also made jeweled collars in class, which they wore during the performance.

Additionally, teachers connected the lesson with other courses. For example, making various works of art in art class and measuring pyramids in math class.

Acting Superintendent Richard D’Agostino and Director of Elementary Education Robert Bushell, plus countless parents were in attendance. Loved ones said seeing all their hard work made them proud.

“I’m a very proud grandma,” said Leah Levin, who was there to see her grandson, Ben Ross. “I enjoy [taking part in his activities] very much.”

Deb Langevin, who was there in support of her daughter, Abigail, shared her sentiments.

“It’s nice to see the project come together in the end,” she said. “And this is fun.”

The kids felt the same, as each class energetically performed their unique versions of the “wrap.” One group sang, “Egypt’s filled with so many fun things so you better listen up when we sing.”

For most of the children, including Braden Wilding, 12, and Justin Renehan, 12, learning about pyramids was “really cool.”

“I liked learning about the pyramids because I think it was cool how they put everything in a tomb and believed they could use it in the afterlife,” Renehan said.

Others, such as Gabriella Gallucci, 11, Cathryn DeWolf, 12, and Brianna Monahan, 11, were fascinated by mummification. Rebecca Carcieri, 11, agrees.

“I thought the mummification stuff was pretty cool because they had to pull out all the organs and put them in jars,” she said.

Aiden Areson, 12, thought it was fun to learn about the various Egyptian Gods, while Ari Stein, 11, liked learning about King Tut. For Nellia Kostadinova, 11, discovering how Egyptians dressed was the best part of the lesson, and Jenna Longo, 11, enjoyed the activities.

Teacher Kerri O’Rorke said she had a favorite part of the lesson, too: the fact that all three classes worked on the project as a group.

“I think it was great to collaborate with the other two sixth grade classes because it was the first major project that all three of us were working on together,” she said. “The students were really creative, and really came together when they performed their raps.”


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