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Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

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For nearly everyone, traveling to Egypt and seeing the Great Pyramid – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – is a ‘bucket list’ must-do-and-see. This summer, PBS LearningMedia has your front row ticket!

Egypt was one of the first civilizations; a society with a large population that used writing, lived in cities, had a system of religious beliefs and was ruled by a government. In 2700 BCE, the Egyptians built their first pyramid. That was almost 5,000 years ago! What this huge stone structure tells us about who the Egyptians were is endlessly fascinating.

This interactive lesson from PBS station WGBH teaches students about the thinking of historians and their perspective on why the pyramids were built. Many believe they were created as doorways to the afterlife for the pharaohs. Then, delve further into ancient Egyptian society and how those at the top organized the rest of the population in order to build these amazing structures. LAUNCH THE LESSON PLAN.

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