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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Egypt Unit: Pyramid Model

Created on January 02, 2013 by MrsImpey

Students in 6th grade learn about Ancient Egypt. They create a paper model of an Egyptian pyramid and incorperate hieroglyphics and tomb paintings.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT explain the evolution of the pyramid.
2. SWBAT create a model of a pyramid from the inside and out.
3. SWBAT identify the characteristics of Ancient Egyptian art.

1. Pyramid pattern (see resources)
2. Egyptian note packet (see attachements)
3. Colored pencils
4. Rulers
5. Drawing pencils
6. Manila tag board
7. Scissors
8. Optional: glue and sand
9. Egyptian books for inspiration
10. Hieroglyphics page (see resources)
11. Velcro

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Day 1: Complete the first three pages in the Egyptian note packet.

Day 2: Review the evolution of the pyramid. Explain to students what the project is (show rubric) and lay out the expectations. Have students trace the pattern, cut out and bend for next class.

Day 3-4: Students should draw the texture on the outside of the pyramid (bricks) and then decorate the inside. The inside needs to include:
-diagram of the layout of the rooms inside a pyramid
-tomb paintings

Add velcro to the tab so that the pyramid can be opened or displayed standing up.

Optional: Students can paint the outside of their pyramid with glue and then sprinkle on sand to give real texture.

See attached rubric.

I attached a pyramid pattern that another person shared on this website, but I made my own. I simple printed out a large triangle and traced it four times, added a flap and cut it out. I do not have a bottom on my pyramid pattern.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[5-8] Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[5-8] Students compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods, or cultural context

Ancient Egypt

Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Space, Texture

Colored Pencil

History/Social Studies

  • MReileArtEd 05/27/2013 at 05:58am
    I think this is an interesting way to teach form as well. Thanks for the idea.