Discover the ingenuity of one of the world's earliest civilizations through this lively series of four videoconferences:4. AnimalsWhy were so many Egyptian gods part human - part animal? This lesson explores how ancient Egyptians observed animal behavior and ascribed animal characteristics to their gods.
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1. Open with discussion on students’ previous knowledge on Egyptian figures.2. Explain that animals were metaphorical.3. View example of animal representations in sculpture and painting and discuss depiction of gods in the guise of animals.4. Compare and contrast significant Egyptian animals and modern animals.
Through the introduction and interpretation of artifacts from the CMA’s Egyptian collection, students will…1. Explore how ancient Egyptians observed animal behavior and ascribed animal traits and characteristics to their gods.2. Learn how animals were used in Egyptian stories and myths to explain human behavior and the workings of the universe.3. Be able to identify an animal’s physical characteristics that link it to its natural environment.
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