Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion

Secrets of the Tombs

    This WebQuest was created by Maria Casson and is designed for 3rd and 4th grade students


    You have dared to enter the tomb of the Pharaoh Seti IV. This tomb and many others will astound you with their jewels, wall paintings and of course their mummies! Join this quest and you will be joining millions of others who have been lured into the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians. Your teacher, an avid Egyptologist, is so intrigued with the ancient Egyptian afterlife that she/he would like his/her own tomb. You and your renowned team have been asked to create a tomb for him/her. Before creating it you must research each aspect of Egyptian tombs, as your teacher wants to get it just right.

    Are you up to the task?? If so, read on . . .


    The goal of this quest is to discover the different types of tombs (burial places) the Ancient Egyptians used to house their dead. After discovering each aspect of the tomb, such as design, location, treasures, etc., each team will be responsible for creating their own tomb and then presenting their findings using a HyperStudio slide show. This WebQuest can be completed over a two week period.

    Each team is made up of 5 members:

    An archeologist - responsible for finding ancient treasures (artifacts) and creating own list

    An architect - responsible for discovering different types of tombs and designing a new one

    A cartologist - responsible for locating tombs and creating maps

    An artist - responsible for studying tomb paintings and creating new ones

    An embalmer- responsible for learning about the mummification process.


    1. Divide the class into teams of five students who should then meet and decide on their roles. You could choose by picking names out of a hat, asking your teacher to assign roles or decide.

    2. Each team member will visit the assigned sites in the table below and record their findings on the worksheet provided. This is part 1.

    3. Team members will meet to discuss there findings. This is part 2

    4. Each team member will begin their part of the team tomb. On paper each team member will write down the information they are going to present and design their slide.

    If you are the archeologist you should create your own list of artifacts that will be buried with the dead.

    If you are the architect you should design a plan of your tomb and label each room.

    If you are the cartologist you should decide where the tomb should be located and then draw a map to show the location.

    If you are the artist you are responsible for designing and coloring a painting for the one of the walls in the tomb.

    If you are the embalmer you should decide how you would like to mummify your teacher. This is part 3

    5. Each team member creates one slide. Then, team meets to view slides and combines them to create their team slide show. You should work together to create an introduction page and a credits page. Go to the templates section of HyperStudio on your computer for examples.

    For examples of finished HyperStudio slide shows click here.

    6. Present your slide show to the class. This is part 4

    Extension Activities: If you have time you could actually create your tomb using different types of materials such as shoe boxes, card, paper, clay, etc.


    Each team member will visit the sites listed in the table below.  

    Print out the worksheet and record your responses as you visit your assigned sites. 

    Don't forget to answer in full sentences.

    Each worksheet is different so make sure you print out the right one.

    The Archaeologist will visit:

    Life After Death

    Grave Goods

    Death in Ancient Egypt


    The Architect will visit:

    Architecture in Ancient Egypt

    Tutankhamun: Boy King



    The Artist will visit :

    Wall Paintings

    Art of the Afterlife

    Egyptian Art


    The Cartographer will visit:

    Map of Egypt

    Geography of Egypt



    The Embalmer will visit


    Mummification (more)




    Happy surfing and remember you have a limited time to finish your WebQuest, don't visit sites that are not listed!

    The following is a list of books that may be useful in your research.

    Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. 1985

    Macaulay, David. Pyramid. Houghton Mifflin, New York. 1982

    Hart, George. Ancient Egypt (Eyewitness Books No. 23). Knopf, New York. 1990

    James, John and Louise. How We Know about the Egyptians. Peter Bedrick Books, New York. 1997.

    Morley, J. , Mark Bergin, and John James. An Egyptian Pyramid (Inside Story). Peter Bedrick, 1991

    Allan, Tony. Pharaohs and Pyramids (Usborne Time Traveler). 1998E D C Publications

    Casselli, Giovanni In Search of Tutankhamum : The Discovery of a King's Tomb 1999

    Harris, Geraldine. Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology. Peter Bedrick Books, New York. 1992

    Hart, George, ed. Ancient Egypt. The Nature Company Discoveries Library and Time-Life Books. 1995


    Part 1 - Research = 40 points
    Part 2 - Team discussion = 10 points
    Part 3 - Project preparation = 20 points
    Part 4 - HyperStudio Slide Show = 30 points

    Grades: A=90-100, B=80-90, C=70-80, D=60-70, F=60 or below

    Part 1 - Research

    After visiting the sites and answering the four questions, your teacher will give you points for your work.

    Each question is worth ten points towards a total of 40.

    Here is how you can get 10 points:

    1. Answer the questions thoughtfully. Do not add information that has nothing to do with the question.

    2. Use full sentences. Yes or No answers are not permitted!

    3. Write clearly and neatly.

    4. Use correct grammar and punctuation.

    Part 2

    Team members will meet to discuss their findings. A total of 10 points can be earned for part 2.

    Your team will be evaluated on the following:

    1. Each team member participates in the discussion.

    2. Team members discuss their findings.

    3. Team members discuss their joint project.

    4. Team members stay on task.

    5. Discussions are not noisy and distracting to other teams.

    Part 3 - Project Preparation

    Each team member will begin their part of the team tomb. First on paper and then using HyperStudio slides. Teams can earn 20 points for part 3.

    1. Team members will design individual slides on paper as indicated in the process section of the WebQuest.

    2. Team members will complete their preparations within the allotted time.

    Part 4 - HyperStudio Slide Show

    Team members will create their individual slides and then combine them to form one slide show. They should create an introduction page and a credit page also. Finally they should present their slide show to the class. The teams can earn 30 points for part 4.

    Rubric for evaluating slide show





    Covers topic in depth.

    Elaborates throughout

    Includes details.

    Raises questions.

    Correct grammar and spelling usage.

    Includes essential information.

    Some elaboration beyond minimal requirements.


    Fulfils minimal topic requirements.





    Includes varied graphics

    Uses varied Hyperstudio features such as fonts, colors, transition effects, etc.

    Includes scanned images.

    Includes voice recording

    Includes some graphics

    Uses some HyperStudio features


    Fulfils minimal requirements.



    You have done some fine research and you have learned many fascinating facts about ancient Egypt. Maybe some day you will get to visit these tombs yourself or better yet discover one!

    There are many more to be discovered in Egypt!!

    As the sun sets over some of the most famous tombs in ancient Egypt, I bid you farewell and salam.
    Background and clip art used with permission from Pyramid picture taken by Maria Casson.