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Egyptomania 4: Animals

Grade Level: 
2-6
Student Level: 
Elementary

Part 4 of a four-program series. See details under Egyptomania 1: Introduction to Daily Life

Why were so many Egyptian gods part-human and part-animal? This lesson explores how ancient Egyptians observed animal behavior and ascribed animal characteristics to their gods. Students participate in a game to help them classify and link animals with their natural environment.

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Program Format: 
  • Open with discussion on students' previous knowledge on Egyptian figures.
  • Explain that animals were metaphorical to the Egyptians.
  • View example of animal representations in sculpture and painting and discuss depiction of gods in the guise of animals.
  • Discuss what characteristics of certain animals might have related to the gods they represent.
  • Classification of animals in graphic organizer interactivity throughout videoconference.
Objectives: 
  • Students will explore how ancient Egyptians observed animal behavior and ascribed animal characteristics to their gods.
  • Students will learn how animals were used in Egyptian stories and myths to explain human behavior and the workings of the universe.
  • Students will be able to identify an animal's physical traits that link it to its natural environment.
  • Students will classify animals found in ancient and modern Egypt by their scientific family.