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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have students put the steps of the Scientific Method in the correct order. (See PowerPoint).
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.
Give students the Scientific Method Quiz to students.