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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- 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.
- 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.