Stars of the Pharaohs

Follow the Stars of the Pharaohs to discover how ancient Egyptians studied the skies to tell time, create workable calendars, and align gigantic monuments. Explore the connection they felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena.

Not only does the program include images of the Egyptian ruins as they appear today, but some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world have been digitally recreated to reveal their original splendor. Stars of the Pharaohs is narrated by John Rhys-Davies, best known for his roles as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films.

Stars of the Pharaohs is recommended for ages 4 and up. Teachers interested in bringing a school group should consult the Tennessee Curriculum standards information listed below.

Stars of the Pharaohs opens January 5, 2015 and runs through February 28. Check our schedule for show times. This show is also available to school groups. To book a group reservation, call (615) 862-5177 at least two weeks in advance.

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Stars of the Pharaohs is recommended for Grades 5 and up.

TN State Science Standards

Grade Level Expectations (GLE)

5th Grade

Physical Science
  • GLE 0507.6.1 Recognize that charts can be used to locate and identify star patterns.

Social Studies

Content Standard 1.0 Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and traditions. Students will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation and respect for the variety of human cultures.

Learning Expectations

  • 1.01 Understand the diversity of human cultures.
  • 1.02 Discuss cultures and human patterns of places and regions of the world.
  • 1.03 Recognize the contributions of individuals and people of various ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups to the development of civilizations.
  • 3.02 Recognize the interaction between human and physical systems around the world.

6th Grade

Physical Science
  • GLE 0607.6.3 Explain how the positional relationships among the earth, moon, and sun control the length of the day, lunar cycle, and year.

Social Studies

Content Standard 1.0 Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and traditions. Students will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation and respect for the variety of human cultures.

Learning Expectations

  • 1.01 Understand the nature and complexity of culture.
  • 1.02 Recognize the role of major religions.
  • 1.03 Appreciate the relationship between physical environments and culture.
  • 1.04 Recognize how cultural and individual perceptions affect places and regions.
  • 1.05 Understand the role that diverse cultures and historical experiences had on the development of the world.
  • 1.06 Understand the influence of science and technology on the development of culture through time.

7h Grade

Social Studies

Content Standard 1.0 Culture encompasses similarities and differences among people including their beliefs, knowledge, changes, values, and traditions. Students will explore these elements of society to develop an appreciation and respect for the variety of human cultures.

Learning Expectations

  • 1.01 Understand the nature and complexity of culture.
  • 1.04 Describe the influence of science and technology on the development of culture through time.

High School

Earth Science
  • CLE 3204.1.3 Explore the sun, earth, and moon relationships and their gravitational effects.
Conceptual Physics / Physics
Embedded Inquiry
  • CLE 3237.Inq.1 / CLE 3231.Inq.1 Recognize that science is a progressive endeavor that reevaluates and extends what is already accepted.

Objectives

  1. Name one significant star pattern to the Egyptians and describe its story or why it was important.
  2. Recount the Egyptian explanation for day and night
  3. Name and describe one Egyptian pharaoh or historic site.

Pre-visit Activities

  1. Locate Egypt and the River Nile on a map or globe. What other countries are nearby? Compare the size of Egypt to the land area of the United States.
  2. Have students investigate different aspects of modern and ancient Egypt and compare and contrast to the United States: climate, population, ethnicity and origin of the people/demographics, foods, life span, industry, government, religions, etc.
  3. Compare and contrast living in or near a desert as in Egypt compared to Tennessee? Are there deserts in the United States? Identify other deserts around the world.

Post-visit Activities

  1. Download the monthly star chart from our website at www.SudekumPlanetarium.com. Encourage students to locate the constellations and any planets visible in the evening sky. Are Orion or the Big Dipper visible in the evening sky? The stars seen from Egypt are the same seen from Middle Tennessee.
  2. Have students explore the history of the pharaohs themselves: how many were there, how long did they rule, how was power transferred, were they peaceful rulers or despicable dictators, were there any women pharaohs?
  3. Have students investigate mummies. How were the remains prepared and mummified? Why were people mummified? Were just pharaohs mummified or were other people afforded the same honor? In what way was mummification successful at preserving remains?
  4. Have students research and report on different aspects of Egyptian building practices. How were the pyramids built so large and to such exacting standards? Look at obelisks, other temples, and historic sites such as Abu Simbel, Temple of Luxor, Temple at Carnac, and others.

Vocabulary

  • axis
  • burial chamber
  • cardinal points
  • celestial
  • Cheops Pyramid
  • civilization
  • commune
  • cosmology
  • “Decans”
  • decipher
  • firmament
  • humanity
  • illuminate
  • immortal
  • “Imperishables”
  • mortal
  • mummy
  • mutilated
  • Nile
  • orbit
  • Pharaoh
  • Polaris
  • resurrection
  • ruins
  • seasonal
  • shrine
  • Sirius
  • Thuban
  • Valley of the Kings
  • zodiac

  • Apopis
  • Aton
  • Ay
  • Denderah
  • Greb
  • Horus
  • Khufu
  • Meskhetia
  • Nerfertiti
  • Nut
  • Osiris
  • Ra/Amun
  • Ramesses II
  • Shu
  • Tutankhamun