Northridge sixth-graders took a virtual tour Thursday to conclude a study of ancient Egypt.

Northridge sixth-graders took a virtual tour Thursday to conclude a study of ancient Egypt.

About 122 students rotated through six stations to play an Egyptian board game, make a 3-D sarcophagus, color decorated collars and cuffs, create a calendar wheel and tour the tombs of Egypt via the Internet.

History teacher Barb Van Fossen said students spent the past six weeks studying Egypt, and Thursday's activities culminated the unit.

Van Fossen's room was the base for cutting out a mummy, then decorating a paper coffin with crayon rubbings and beads.

In another classroom, students made decorative collars and cuffs replicating those worn by ancient Egyptians.

Special education teacher Suzanne Brungart, who wore a jeweled cloth collar, said previous classes have designed their own collars.

"One year we made them out of fabric," she said. "We've tried all kinds of things."

In her reading classes, Brungart's students read novels related to Egypt.

"We read short stories with questions about the Egyptian gods," she said.

Teacher Brian Blume helped students make a three-dimensional sarcophagus, while Rachale Ashbrook supervised students taking virtual tours of tombs in Egypt.

"Move your mouse to see the sights," she instructed her students, who were engaged on desktop computers.

The students also tested their knowledge about Egypt by taking a short computer quiz.

Science teacher Jordan Burnworth helped students play a board game called Senet.

"Back in Egypt, board games were very popular," he said. "One of the most popular was a game called Senet. King Tut had four games buried with him. The games were made of fine ivory."

Students paired off to play Senet, using a cardboard game table, button and penny game pieces.

Reading teacher Lisa Smith helped students make calendar wheels that illustrated three seasons: the Akhet, July through October, for the time of the flood; Peret, November through February, when fields reappear; and Shemu, March through June, when fields are dry.

"This is a nice culminating event," Smith said. "We've had little novel book clubs that had to do with Egypt. Having cross curriculum helps kids hear it more than once. They remember what we do today."

Shelby Hickey said she enjoyed learning about King Tut and the pyramids.

"I also liked learning about their jewelry," she said. "The pyramids were cool. The first pyramid had steps; they weren't flat."

Hunter Adkins, enveloped in a sheet for a costume, said she also enjoyed learning about the pyramids.

"It was exciting to learn about mummification - how they wrap and do all that," she added.

Clayton Nicks learned that Egypt is desert, with some fertile land.

"I learned upper Egypt is in the south and lower Egypt is in the north," he said.

"The Nile River flows south to north," Austin Makovi explained, "and it's over 4,000 miles long."

The Nile is not only long, but Lukas Lowder noted it has steep rapids.

Van Fossen said the sixth-graders would shift their focus on Friday, but not far. They'll be studying the Middle East.