New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A16476
A front view of the Sphinx in Egypt showing the paws. Photograph taken March 1927.
What looks strange or different about this figure?
Why do you think it was made like this?
What is this figure made of? How can you tell?
The pyramids were made of limestone that was carried down the river. Is there any way you can tell that this figure was carved into the rock itself instead of having been built with stone that was carried to this location?
How can you tell that the head of the Sphinx is supposed to represent a pharaoh?
Why would Khafre have had the Sphinx created to look like him?
Why would the pyramids have needed a guardian?
Research the original colors of the Sphinx and produce a model or a drawing of the Sphinx as it was originally created.
Math: Using the dimensions of the Sphinx, go outside and mark off the measurements so you can visualize its actual size.
Science: Find out what is causing the erosion of the Sphinx. What could be done to prevent further erosion?
English Language Arts: Write a short story explaining Khafre's need to have the Sphinx built.
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