Pyramids

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Our visually engaging Pyramids Lesson Plan equips students to identify and describe ancient pyramids, tell how they were built, and explain why they were used.  Students engage their creative imagination to design a pyramid and develop their communication skills when presenting their design to the class.  Research and analytical skills are also enhanced with the practice activity included in this lesson.

Pyramids Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Pyramids content pages (2)
  • Activity page, Practice page, Homework page
  • Answer Key
  • Common Core Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our visually engaging Pyramids Lesson Plan equips students to identify and describe ancient pyramids, tell how they were built, and explain why they were used.  Students engage their creative imagination to design a pyramid and develop their communication skills when presenting their design to the class.  Research and analytical skills are also enhanced with the practice activity included in this lesson.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
  1. Display a photo or replica of a pyramid and ask students: When you see a pyramid, what do you think about
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask students: What do you know about the ancient pyramids in Egypt?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Tell students there are pyramids in other places of the world besides Egypt.
  5. Distribute Pyramids content pages. Read and review the information with the students. In addition, discuss some of the images with the class. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. Save the final questions for the closing of the lesson.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Review the instructions with the class. It is a simple design to be used to motivate students to answer the remaining questions of the activity of separate paper.
  7. Encourage students to be creative, and to make it humorous, serious, or a combination of both.
  8. Once all students have completed the work, assign students time to present the information about their personal pyramids to the class.
  9. Distribute the Practice page. Allow access to the Internet. When completed, students summarize the information about each pyramid. Options for Lesson: Students may work in pairs for the activity. Adjust the size of the pyramids. Use sugar cubes, craft sticks or other supplies to make the pyramids. For the Practice page, assign students pyramids to research. Plan an Egypt or Pyramid Week for the class. Invite an archeologist from a nearby college to visit the class and speak to students about pyramids. Create a “Class Pyramid” large enough for each student to place a “treasure” inside, opening it at the end of the school year.
  10.  Distribute Homework page. Check and review the students’ responses. Ask students to give correct facts for the False responses

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4

Class Sessions: (45 minutes)

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