STEAMy GATE 4th 5th 6th PYRAMIDS Unit

STEAMy GATE 4th 5th 6th PYRAMIDS Unit
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Very STEAMy with reading and writing, too! This unit is loaded with higher order thinking tasks, variety across the curriculum, creative responses, and hands-on learning through building and design. It’s the same sort of stuff you’re used to seeing here, and your kids will love it!

• Level—4th through 6th grade GATE
• Time—about 15 hours
• Materials—start saving cardboard!

Craft sticks and tape or low temp hot glue. Otherwise, common classroom materials.

You’ll get explanations, teacher notes, bunches of ready-to-print activity sheets, photos, sample answers, and everything you need to begin today! Oh, yes . . . and Common Core State Standards included.

Primary Source Photo Analysis: Introduce the unit with a photo from the United States Library of Congress. Can students build background and make inferences from the photo?

Short Research Project/Fortune Tellers: Students conduct a bit of research, write summaries, and complete an engineering task while making calculations to produce a creative fortune teller product. (I told you it was STEAMy with reading and writing . . .)

Marble Mazes: Students make marble maze puzzles to simulate pyramid passages. Fun, creative, and challenging . . . kids were skipping recess.

The Sphinx Riddle Challenge—Math Version: Math scaling/ratios with a primary source photo.

Pyramidion Design Challenge: a 3D blueprint and STEM challenge with geometry as the main focus.

The Afterlife: Crafting, social-emotional education, metaphor creation, and a strong public speaking activity all rolled together. The public speaking activity includes an organizational template, tips and tricks, and an evaluation rubric.

Hieroglyphics: We can’t leave out hieroglyphics! Students learn about hieroglyphics in a non-fiction reading and writing task requiring inferences and close reading about the Rosetta Stone. Students then play Egyptian scholars as they create translations for a hieroglyphic panel.

Pyramid Carry-Case and Cartouches: We start to wrap up our unit by creating cartouches (with more higher order thinking skills involved) which we place into our pyramid carrying cases.
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44 pages
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