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Twin Falls Middle School students explore ancient secrets of the Nile | Photo Gallery

February 14, 2014 · 12:58 PM
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Harrison Clark used velcro, shoeboxes, paper mache, fruit cups and other household items to craft an eight-foot Nile crocodile. / Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

This creature’s sharp-toothed grin is all paper.

Harrison Clark used shoeboxes, paper mache, fruit cups and other household items to craft the eight-foot Nile crocodile. It took him two weeks and hours of work, and when finished, he hauled it in pieces to the Twin Falls stage in a big trash bag. Then he Velcro’ed the pieces together.

Clark says he already knew a bit about crocs, “and I thought I would do good on my Fun Facts and essay.”

“The important thing to know” about these beasts, says the sixth grader, is that “They are very dangerous. They will attack any human or animal.”

“I don’t know if I have 80 teeth, but I have a lot,” he says, indicating the gaping maw. “I cut these by hand.” Real crocs have 80 teeth, and they can replace every one up to 50 times.

Clark, a student in Miss Skoropinski’s class, presented his discoveries and handmade creation on Friday, Feb. 7, with the rest of the sixth grade class at Twin Falls Middle School.

The occasion was the school’s fifth annual Egyptian Museum Walk. Students research ancient artifacts, people and events, then make a replica or model of their topic, along with an essay, picture, and several ‘Fun Facts.’ Parents are invited to stroll the exhibits and quiz the pupils on their discoveries.

Cole Landreneau, left, created a homemade crane, a cantilevered machine used by Egyptians to bring water up for irrigation. He used a wire-cutter to make a hinge, built the body from sticks in his backyard, and used clay and lead bits for the counterweight. The real model, he says, would have been big enough to dip into a real river.


Liam Roselli made this shield to represent Kadesh, a huge battle fought by the pharaoh Ramses II in 1274 BC. Thousands of pharaoh’s warriors carried the cowhide shields. Roselli bovined his up using a marker.

Rachel Sands holds up a colorful but sturdy peasant necklace that she made for her diorama on ancient jewelry. She also made a linked necklace of gold, meant for the upper crust. “The upper class wore solid gold and precious things,” while the common folk wore cheaper, more durable materials. Sands, for her part, prefers the gold.

Maya Nataros, in Dana Fowler’s class, explored the fashions worn by ancient Egypt’s people, from the woman’s linen dress and the pharaoh’s finery to the slave’s, well, nothing.  “I thought it was interesting to see what they would wear,” she said.

Kelsey Williams shows off a makeshift harp. Instead of plastic strings, the Ancient Egyptians used catgut.


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