ALEX Lesson Plan


The Legend of the Mummy’s Curse- Fact or Fiction?

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Author:Rene' Pouncey
System: Dallas County
School: Dallas County High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 26572


The Legend of the Mummy’s Curse- Fact or Fiction?


This is a technology-based, hands-on Biology lesson used to introduce the scientific method to students. Students will make a prediction on whether they think the curse is true or false. Students will listen to a podcast describing a scientific investigation of the curse. Students will then research the Mummy’s curse using the internet and answer questions about the investigation.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):

Local/National Standards:

The scientific method is included in Standard one in the Alabama Course of Study.

(Bullet 1) Describe the steps of the scientific method.

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will describe the steps of the scientific method.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Printed copies of the podcast which contain the transcript to the podcast and some background information on making sense of the research.

Technology Resources Needed:

Interactive whiteboard for the podcast. Student computers to research on the Internet about the Mummy’s curse.


This lesson is being used as an introduction to the scientific method. If used as a review, then the students should be familiar with the steps of the scientific method.


Step 1
Read the introduction to the podcast Mummy's Curse. Have students make a prediction on whether they think the curse is true or false. Have them write their prediction as a journal response for your bell ringer activity.

Step 2
Play podcast from Sciencenetlinks. Read the introduction to students first before you play the podcast.

Give out printed copies of the podcast transcript to students to follow along with as they listen to the podcast. Pair up students and have them share their predictions with their partner.

Step 3
With their partner have students read Making Sense of the Research included on the printed copy of the podcast. Have students answer the questions at the end of the page. Discuss the answers as a whole with the class.

Step 4
With their partners, have students research the history of the Mummy's curse from this website. Have students describe how the story of the Mummy's curse began.

Step 5
Have students give two possible explanations for the deaths of those that entered King Tut's tomb. Have the students reread their predictions. Then each student should write a summary based on what they learned from the research. Students can then share their summary with their partners. Some students may wish to share their summaries with the class.

Step 6
Show the PowerPoint presentation and go over the steps of the Scientific Method. Have students practice making observations in class. Have them pick an object and write an observation. Have volunteers read their observations and the class can guess what they are describing.

Step 7
Have students put the steps of the Scientific Method in the correct order. (See PowerPoint).

Step 8
Have students complete the Gist on the Scientific Method. A Gist is a summary of exactly 20 words. Have students share their gist with the class.

Step 9
Give students the Scientific Method Quiz to students.

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Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed by their work ethic and by their journal responses.


Have students develop their own scientific investigation. Have students explain each step of the scientific method and how they used it to solve their own problem.


Just for fun:

Egyptian Madlibs- Students can visit this website and create funny stories about the Pharaoh’s curse or how Mummies are made.



Grouping students based on academic strengths and weaknesses will help them understand the steps of the scientific method.


View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.