Let Us Explain…

Yesterday was such a lovely day that we decided to work outside for an hour.  Under the shade of an old oak tree, surrounded by fresh country air and a refreshing breeze we drafted and revised our explanations about Egyptian Mummies.




The previous day we gathered information and recorded it in a planning template like the one below.  This was a very important part of the writing process because we didn’t know a lot about how mummies were made.  The template was split into sections to help us write our explanations in the right order.  We had to record the information in our own words.



After organising our ideas it was time to draft.  We had to make sure we followed the correct structure.

An explanation has:

* An introduction which is a general opening statement that introduces and defines the topic

* Sequenced statements that describe the actions in the order they happen

* A concluding statement

* Supporting diagrams (optional)


Aidan’s explanation:

How Were Mummies Made?

A mummy is a dead human body that has been preserved for a long time.  People made mummies 5000 years ago.

It took 70 days to make one mummy.  First, the mummy makes removed all the internal organs, including the brain.  However, they kept the heart because they believed that the soul was kept in the heart. 

Next, the Egyptians applied chemicals to remove the moisture from the body.  Then they wrapped the body in bandages made of linen cloth.  They placed lucky charms between each layer.

Once the body was prepared. It was put is a stone or wood coffin.  The coffins were decorated with pictures of the gods.

Finally, they carried it to a tomb.  The priests performed a ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth ritual.  Family members placed items and food in the tomb to keep the spirit alive.

Making mummies was a long process but Egyptian people believed it was very important.


Explanations are a non-fiction text because they are about true things.  Other non-fiction texts are procedures, information reports, recounts and persuasive texts.


Have you ever worked outside?  Tell us about it!

What type of non-fiction texts have you read or written?

What would you like us to explain next?


One thought on “Let Us Explain…

  1. I loved looking at the photos of your class outside. It is a lovely environment that our school is set in and to see you utilising it like this was great. You must look back at that and feel very lucky that someone many years ago decided to plant such a spectacular tree. It is a real feature of the school grounds.

    When I was teaching at Wandong many years ago we would often go outside in the afternoon on a nice day and have our storytime session. Children would do their personal reading and then, as a grade we would share a novel. They were some of my best memories.

    Mrs Laffan

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