Project Description

Mysteries of Egypt

Mysteries of Egypt explores the myths and masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian civilization that emerged over 5,000 years ago. Through the magic of large format cinematography, the film takes you on a breathtaking flight over the world’s longest river, through the Valley of the Kings and into the famous tombs of the pharaohs. Tutankhamun’s burial and the discovery of his tomb are relived, along with other significant events in the history of ancient Egypt.

Mysteries of Egypt explores the incredible legacy we have inherited from the Egyptians. Seen through the eyes of a young girl who visits her grandfather, the film takes us to the country’s major historic sites, as well as to some important events in Egyptian history. Only the giant IMAX® screen can capture the magnitude of this amazing civilization!

Educational Standards

Standards for Grades 3-6 have been collected from a variety of sources and are not all-inclusive. Many more can be applied than are listed here!

Nevada Academic Content Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System. The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Crosscutting Concepts

Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World. People’s needs and wants change over time, as do their demands for new and improved technologies. (4-ESS3-1)

Engineers improve existing technologies or develop new ones to increase their benefits, to decrease known risks, and to meet societal demands. (4-ESS3-2)

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6:

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Nevada Academic Content Standards for Social Studies:

SS.6-8.EWC.14. Describe the factors that shape identity -including institutions, religion, language, social class, geography, culture, and society in ancient civilizations

SS.6-8.EWC.16. Investigate cultural developments within and across human societies with attention to belief systems, philosophies, ideologies, and the arts.

SS.6-8.EWC.17. Analyze the impact of technological developments on events, peoples, and cultures in the ancient world.

SS.6-8.WGGS.28. Analyze and explain the cultural, physical, and environmental characteristics of places and regions and how these affect the lives of the people who live there

Common Core standards:

English Language Arts:

6.RIT.7. Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Math (State of Nevada, based on Common Core Standards)

Grade 4: Geometric measurement:  understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

California Standards:

K-5.CST.2. Students correctly apply terms related to time, including past, present, future, decade, century, and generation.

K-5.CST.3. Students explain how the present is connected to the past, identifying both similarities and differences between the two, and how some things change over time and some things stay the same.

K-5.REPV.2. Students pose relevant questions about events they encounter in historical documents, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, maps, artworks, and architecture.

K-5.HI.1. Students summarize the key events of the era they are studying and explain the historical contexts of those events.

World History Era 2:

Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples, 4000-1000 BCE. Standard 1: The major characteristics of civilization and how civilizations emerged in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus valley.

Nevada Academic Content Standards for Fine Arts:

VA:Pr6.3.1. Identify and explain how and where different cultures record and illustrate stories and history of life through art.

VA:Cn11.4.1. Through observation, infer information about time, place, and culture in which a work of art was created.

VA:Re7.6.1. Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value.

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Starring: The young girl is played by Kate Maberly, who starred in The Secret Garden and Gulliver’s Travels, and the grandfather is played by Omar Sharif, who is best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl
Produced by: National Geographic Films and Destination Cinema
In Association with: NOVA/WGBH Boston and the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Civilization