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Mysteries of the Nile Classroom Resource Center
Welcome to Classroom Resources for the NOVA/PBS Online Adventure Mysteries of the Nile. Here you'll find NOVA Online's extensive archaeological resources designed to help you get the most out of our upcoming adventure.

You can use this site in three ways:
  1. Customize your own lesson plans using our past and present archaeological sites.
  2. Check out our lesson plans designed for this Web site.
  3. Just get started with ideas designed to energize your students using information and activities from our existing archaeological sites.

Customize Your Own Lesson Plans
Just need to know what's here so you can mix and match resources to create a lesson plan yourself? Use our at-a-glance resource charts. We've summarized the contents of nine of our archaeological sites and organized each site according to the following categories:
  • matters of science
  • social studies
  • find it with maps
  • expedition notes
  • see it yourself
  • do it yourself
Mysteries of the Nile
Follow along as a multinational team of archaeologists, architects, and engineers attempts to solve the mystery of how the ancients managed to carve, transport, and erect obelisks weighing many tons. Using tools and technologies the Pharaonic builders might have used, the team will try to erect its own 35-ton obelisk.

Secrets of Lost Empires
Learn possible explanations of ancient engineering marvels through modern-day attempts to recreate aspects of Stonehenge, a Roman Colosseum, an Inca fortress, and Egyptian obelisks.

Pyramids - The Inside Story
Find out about the Egyptian Pharaonic period and follow a field season of a team of archaeologists seeking to find where the 100,000 people said to have built the Great Pyramid lived.

Secrets of Easter Island
Explore possible ways that giant stone statues were moved and set up and the culture that devoted so much energy to this feat.

Ice Mummies
Discover what frozen mummies from three locations around the world can reveal about the life and cultural practices of their times.

Mysterious Mummies of China
Learn how 3,000-year-old mummies found in China make archaeologists re-evaluate the extent of early East-West relations.

Search for the Lost Cave People
Find out about a pre-Mayan civilization that dwelt in Mexican caves and learn what it means to be an archaeologist.

Lost City of Arabia
Uncover information about a vital caravan stop along the incense trade route that has been buried for centuries under the sands of Arabia.

Treasures of the Sunken City
Learn about the Pharos Lighthouse excavation site, and the problems unique to an underwater excavation.

Check Out Our Lesson Plans
We have prepared a series of lesson plans designed to achieve the following learning goals. Use these plans to help your students:

How Did They Do It? (5-8, 9-12)
Objective: To learn what levers are and how they might have been used by the ancient Egyptians in building their monuments. To learn what center of gravity is, how to determine the center of gravity of asymmetrical objects, and how this knowledge might have helped the Egyptians in building their monuments.

How Would You Do It? (5-8—advanced, 9-12)
Objective: To practice selecting, designing, performing, and evaluating scientific tests.

Egyptian Enterprises (K-4, 5-8, 9-12)
Objective: To prepare a cultural exhibit on Egyptian history, culture, sites, monuments, and hieroglyphics, using such media as posters, computer presentations, puppet shows, short plays, videotapes, museum exhibit panels, brochures, scale models, and audio tapes.

Want to Be a ...? (K-4, 5-8, 9-12)
Objective: To become familiar with the many disciplines and career opportunities involved in scientific expeditions such as this one, including engineering, archaeology, architecture, linguistics, history, and geography, as well as the many support staff that keep such an expedition going.

Just Get Started
Don't need an entire lesson plan, but need some ideas to get your class thinking about Egypt? Try out these interdisciplinary ideas.


Educational Consultants
Peter Armstrong, Salk School of Science, New York, NY
Jimmy Karlan, Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, NH
Dale Rosene, Marshall Middle School, Marshall, MI

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