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The Great Pyramid of Giza

14-18 yrs old

Geography

History

Math & Economics

Students often see pictures of the pyramids but may fail to understand the magnitude of scale on the environment and the people.

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avatar Submitted By: Warren Parkes

July 10, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Internal Diagram of Giza Pyramid

Use diagrams of internal structures made by researchers to assist with mining internal structures including outside access doors.

Learning Objectives

  • History - Students learn about, building materials, size and environmental space plus its relationship to religion.
  • Geography - Students develop an understanding of the planning and management processes needed for terraforming and construction of the project plus the effects on human society.
  • Mathematics - Students will help the builders design the pyramid and site by calculating area and volumes of the pyramid, blocks, worksite and housing areas.

Guiding Ideas

Teacher Notes This pyramid require a whole class working on the structure for almost a week to complete. The structure needs to be solid to allow for the mining of internal structures. A modified lesson may include a partially built base as this section takes the longest time to build. I have chosen a desert seed (-439747027) to lend authenticity. Students will need to consider the impact on the environment that needs to be modified to accommodate the structure. Some students simply build through a river or destroy a mountain. They need to consider their selected area in terms of the geography along the Nile River in real life. Could that have been done in Egypt? If so what would need to have been done and why? Better to move the pyramid then the Nile.

Students consider the following questions as they construct the pyramid.

  • How would blocks travel to the site? How many people needed to move one block? How would they lift and install the blocks?
  • What was the building material used? Would they use another? How would you decide the most appropriate material? What block will you use in Minecraft and why?
  • Is something missing from the Minecraft pyramid construction? If so why can it not be added?
  • How long would the real life pyramid take to construct? What would have been the effect on the people who built it? How long did pharaohs live at that time? Was this sufficient for the time it took to build in real life? What would happen if he died before construction was completed?
  • If the pyramid was built on your school, how much of your school would be covered? Use Google Earth "geolocator" or ruler to demonstrate your answer.
  • How important was religion to the builders of pyramids? Why does the pyramid need to be so large? Does the larger pyramid mean more to pharaohs then smaller surrounding pyramids.

Student Activities

Students join a world set up by the teacher (ex desert seed – 439747027).

  • The base of the great pyramid is approximately 240 m square. Assuming each Minecraft character is about 1metre tall (can be 1.5 m and this also reduces the size of the pyramid) and each block is about one metre long (compared to the size of each character), as a class build a solid square pyramid in this world.
  • As a class, choose your site carefully by measuring out the 240-metre base first.
  • Consider the appropriateness of the site. Do you need to divert rivers, destroy mountains or buildings? Research the inner chambers of this real-life pyramid and dig out the internal structures.
  • Place Egyptian Minecraft artefacts to make the chambers look authentic. Record research in the journal. Photo key stages of pyramid development.
  • Lastly, write a report in you Minecraft book and quill about this project from start to finish. Make sure you talk about the roles you have undertaken.

Performance Expectations

  1. Research size and building material of Giza Pyramid.
  2. Construct pyramid out of determined material – record type the reason why in the journal.
  3. Write a report on the methods of building pyramids in real life – mining, feeding, housing, transporting ideas.
  4. Take a photograph of you at key points in your pyramid area construction journey.
  5. Mathematically what is the dimensions of your pyramid, its surface area and volume, assuming the length of each block is one meter?
  6. How tall is the pyramid in real life? Compare that to the Minecraft construct and explain why there is a difference?
  7. Email portfolio and book to the teacher.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Internal Diagram of Giza Pyramid

Use diagrams of internal structures made by researchers to assist with mining internal structures including outside access doors.

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