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Egyptian Pyramid Puzzle
Students will work as a team
Students will recognize triangles as the base shapes for a pyramid.
Students will recognize the number four as being significant when associated with pyramids.
Students will relate shapes according to colors.
1. Present the topic "Pyramids" to the class using the tan cardboard pyramid and asking central questions.
2. Use the world globe to inform the class where the Egyptian Pyramids are located.
3. Inform the class about separating into groups to assemble a pyramid puzzle.
4. Line up the class boy, girl order.
5. Ask the students to count off 1, 2, 3 and 4. (repeating 1-4)
6. Students gather into groups by numbers.(ex. all the 1's )
7. Pass out the puzzle pieces (4 pieces to at team)
~ Ensure they are the correct 4 pieces if each puzzle is color coded
8. Students work together to assemble the puzzle. After a group completes the puzzle ask this question:
"How is this pyramid different from the tan pyramid used in the introduction?"
Answer: The puzzle is only a 3 sided pyramid.
9. Students may repeat putting the puzzle together if time allows.
10. Return the puzzles.
1. Throughout Q and A find out what the students knew before the discussion and what they know after putting the puzzle together.
2. Ensure the groups are working as a team.
3. Review the central questions.
The 6 steps of building a pyramid.
the stones are laid in the form of a square,
working from the center outwards.
first square needs correcting. Blocks of Tura limestone
are used. These are called internal casing blocks.
blocks are laid round the first square. Every time the
internal casing blocks are used the square is measure,
to ensure that it remains a perfect square. Only two
borders of the internal casing blocks are shown here:
the number varies in different pyramids.
up of packing block, again if local limestone.
They must fit together closely and form the outside of
a perfect square.
Made of best quality Tura limestone.
The last check is made to see that a square has
been perfectly maintained.
This pattern is to scale.
Lasted updated March 23, 2000 by Think Quest team J001590