Egyptian Fact Pyramids

Egyptian Fact Pyramids lesson plan

Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt then construct a 3-D pyramid on which to display your findings.

  • 1.

    Students research information about ancient Egyptian people, their artwork, and architecture. Choose four pieces of information that are most important or interesting.

  • 2.

    Using recycled file folders or cover stock, create the pyramid by drawing an equilateral triangle with sides measuring 5" each. Angles in the equilateral triangle must measure 60° each. Once the first triangle is complete, create a second equilateral triangle that shares a single side with the first triangle. Then create a third equilateral triangle that shares a side with the second triangle.

  • 3.

    Once the third triangle is drawn, measure the "tab" that will be glued to the first triangle. Using the open side of the third triangle, measure approximately 1/2 inch beyond the side. Draw a line parallel to this side of the third triangle at this point. The tab may need to be trimmed at the top and bottom so as to tuck comfortable in when joining to the first triangle.

  • 4.

    Before gluing the pyramid together, use Crayola Gel Markers to write and illustrate interesting facts about Egyptians on each section of the pyramid. No facts or illustrations should appear on the tab.

  • 5.

    Once students have written their facts and completed their illustrations, fold the form at each of the three triangles' adjoining sides. Fold the side that joins to the tab. This is a total of three folds. Glue the tab inside the open side of the first equilateral triangle. The pyramids should now stand.

  • 6.

    Display students pyramids prominently in the classroom.

Standards

  • LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grade level complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • MATH: Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • MATH: Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SCI: Construct original explanations of phenomena using knowledge of accepted scientific theory and linking it to models and evidence.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resource include: Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt by Gail Gibbons;
  • Students sketch a map of Ancient Egypt and identify the location of discovered pyramids. Each pyramid should be named and a short description of when it was built, by whom, who it was built to entomb, etc.
  • In small groups, students investigate how the Great Pyramids were built, inside and out. Using a diorama format, students create a cross-section of a pyramid. A written explanation should accompany the diorama to explain the various rooms and artifacts stored inside an Egyptian pyramid.
  • Encourage students to investigate other aspects of Ancient Egyptian life such as hieroglyphics, papyrus and its uses, Egyptian art, etc. Students organize their research into an electronic presentation for class viewing.