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Egypt’s Great Sphinx may be the original lion king! Invite your students to join archaeologists working to conserve this amazing ancient monument.
Invite your class to explore the ancient Egyptian treasure, the Great Sphinx. The 4,500-year-old monument has a king’s head and a lion’s body. Ask students to find out what the Sphinx was made of and how it was constructed. What were the builders’ challenges? Provide several paintings and pictures. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to sketch the Great Sphinx from different angles and in detail. To make corrections, just erase!
Working in small groups, have students brainstorm how to construct a model of the Great Sphinx. Will they build it as it looked originally or as it looks today?
To create the shape of the Sphinx, suggest students construct a base (armature) using small boxes and balls of recycled newspaper. Individual pieces can be taped in place. Provide Crayola Model Magic to each group for covering the exterior of the armature. A face, headdress, beard, and other details can be added as determined by group members. Craft sticks can be used to make fine lines. A comb or similar tool can be used to texturize the structure. Air-dry the sphinx projects overnight.
Groups will need to cover their work areas with recycled newspaper for the next step: painging. Provide Crayola Tempera Paint for students to paint their sculptures. Suggest the mixing of gold, white, and brown Crayola Premier Tempera to get an authentic limestone color. Paint the Sphinx with Crayola Brushes. Air-dry overnight.
Save the Sphinx! The Great Sphinx is not faring very well today. Encourage student groups to investigate how the environment and human behavior has affected this monument. If you were an anthropologist, how would you recommend saving the Sphinx? Invite groups to write their ideas on cards and display them with models.
Provide time in the school day's schedule for groups to share their learning about the Great Sphinx with classmates. Display models prominently in the classroom or school corridor.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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