Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Build a Pyramid

Pyramid Builder is an interactive portion of the BBC's Ancient History Egyptians feature. Pyramid Builder asks students to select a location for their pyramid and design a pyramid. After selecting the location and design, students need to plan the construction of the pyramid. The planning phase requires orientating the pyramid, selecting construction materials, and building a labor force.

Pyramid Builder is part of a much larger feature about Ancient Egypt. Some of the other highlights of the Ancient Egypt feature are a history of the pyramids, a timeline of Egyptian history, and the Mummy Makers game.

Applications for Education
Pyramid Builder and the BBC's Ancient Egyptian History feature in general are excellent resources for World History students to explore. The Pyramid Builder and the Mummy Maker could both be used as informal assessment tools after students have read about and researched these topics.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Write Like an Egyptian
Math + Egyptian History = Good Learning Activity
Visualizing Cultures