Seventh and eighth grade students created these nameplates as an interim project to work on independently.
In between major projects there are always a few kids who get ahead and need an activity to do while we wait for the rest to catch up. One of the ideas I emphasize in my class is that we're done when we're done. In-class projects are not due on a specific date, but rather when they are finished. I feel that this leads to better quality work as students are not rushing, but obviously creates a large time gap depending on the individual students' work speeds.
This hieroglyphic project was an excellent independent lesson that students who were ahead could work on. I introduced the idea of ancient writing and supplied the kids with a copy of the hieroglyphic alphabet. I went over the guidelines I expected them to follow based on the rubric I had developed and showed them my example project. Then I sent them off to work independently. The freedom of the project brought out the best in them as they created incredibly unique nameplates based on the provided Egyptian information.