Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on a virtual field trip to the Pyramids of Giza!
The Pyramids of Giza consist of the Great Pyramid of Giza built in 2500 BC, the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Sphinx. Egyptologists (those who study ancient Egypt) believe the pyramids were not only to serve as a tomb for the pharaohs, but also as a storage space for all the items he would need in the afterlife.
See our video tutorial on using Google to explore the Pyramids of Giza. Below are the process step-by-step, additional activities and library resources.
Google Pyramids of Giza. Click on the Map view.
Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop along a blue line.
Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the pyramids from the outside. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the site.
While on the virtual field trip, take a close look at the pyramids. Do you see how they were built? Time to recreate! Using any materials you can find around the home including Legos, wooden or plastic blocks or cubes, build your own Egyptian pyramid.
The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs to tell stories and send messages. What are hieroglyphs? Learn more about hieroglyphs from Encyclopedia Britannica. Now, using a key provided by Egypt’s Golden Empire, write out your name using Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Those buried in tombs are known as mummies. Did you know you can mummify your favorite fruit – an apple? Here is how you can do it.
Your library has a plethora of books and databases for you to use to learn more about ancient Egyptian culture and history. You will need a Plano Public Library card to use these resources:
Where are the Great Pyramids? by Dorothy Hoobler
Mummies and Pyramids Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker by Mary Pope Osborne
Kane Chronicles: Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Mummies by Joyce Milton