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Riddles of the Sphinx
Learn the Science
THE SPHINX
The ancient Egyptians are known for creating enormous structures: pyramids, tombs, temples, and more. Explore one of ancient Egypt's great wonders, the Sphinx.
Riddles of the Sphinx (Video)
Learn what the Sphinx is made of, get details about its various parts, and see how time and the environment are slowly destroying it. (Chapter 3, approx. 9 min.)


Explore the Giza Plateau (Interactive)
Savor 360° and other striking panoramas of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids.


Unforgettable Moments (Video)
View any of five video clips showing an underwater sphinx, hieroglyphs adorning one marble block, the sphinx being brought from the water, and the fabled Pharos Lighthouse.


Stone Age Toolkit (Lesson/Interactive)
The right tool for the job is essential. The program explores which is more effective at carving a limestone scale model of the Sphinx—a copper chisel or a stone hammer. Explore tools from a different era, the Stone Age, and learn how all tools are designed for specific purposes and that they are most effective when their capabilities and limitations are understood. (Note: See interactive on page as well as background information.)

Curriculum Connections
Stone Age, ancient tools, artifacts

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, History of science

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Historical perspectives



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Seven Wonders—Get Clued In (Lesson/Interactive)
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were named as such because of their size, majesty, and beauty. Get science, geography, and history clues to help you guess them (by multiple choice).

Curriculum Connections
World history and geography (variety of dates, facts, and locations), scientific deduction

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor



   

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