viernes, 1 de junio de 2012
The British Museum: Ancient Egypt
The British Museum site offers good images, simulations, and games to make the study of Ancient Egypt enticing for students. Topics include Egyptian Life, Geography, Gods and Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaoh, Pyramids, Temples, Time, Trades, and Writing. You can view various museum artifacts related to life as a nobleman or farmer, take a virtual tour of pyramids and temples and view a series of political, social, and natural maps --though the maps are not interactive. Clickable mummies guide students through the Mummification process, with explanations of embalming and wrapping. Shockwave-generated activities include an exploration of the underworld, a map reading challenge, an Egyptian numerals test, a hieroglyphics challenge, a time-keeping challenge, a match-tool-to-craftsman challenge, and a challenge to figure out the find out the height, area and weight of the Great Pyramid. Visitors to the site can also examine a wall relief in the Pharaoh section and try to identify objects in a museum. Finally, there is a "staff room" to help teachers use the site. Overall, a great introduction to ancient Egypt for kids, though the layout and multimedia are not as fresh and enticing as what can be found at other sites aimed at children.