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William the Hippo

First graders were introduced to the art of ancient Egypt.  They learned about pyramids and mummies.  They learned that William, the cute blue hippo found in a tomb, was actually feared by ancient Egyptians.  Hippos would hide in the Nile, then flip unsuspecting boats that came near.  They also came on shore and trampled precious crops.  William was found with his legs broken to prevent him from doing harm in the afterlife. Students drew a hippo by combining large, simple shapes for the body, head, and legs.  They drew on the back.  As they cut, they remembered to STOP when a line bumped into another line so no parts were cut off.  They drew the details with a Sharpie on the clean side. A cut paper border of Egyptian colors was inspired by Egyptian artwork.

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