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Alex Newman-Adam

The myth of King Midas and his golden touch (Ancient Greek Mythology)

Grades: 4th Grade, 6th Grade, 5th Grade
Subjects: STEAM, Social Studies, History

Student Instructions

As a class, watch the TEDEd video "The myth of King Midas and his golden touch" 1. Tap on link 2. Click on Think 3. Answer the multiple choice questions. 4. Take a screenshot of your results and upload your photo to Seesaw 5. Tap check 6. Add a comment to your photo to answer the question: Do you think there really was a King Midas? Can you find any evidence to back this up? 7. Tap check

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WATCH: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-myth-of-king-midas-and-his-golden-touch-iseult-gillespie Was there really a King Midas? This article (http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/everything-he-touched-turned-gold-myth-and-reality-king-midas-004120) tries to get at the truth behind the myth, and this piece (https://www.penn.museum/sites/biomoleculararchaeology/?page_id=501) confirms that there was a ruler called Midas, and that the excavation of his former kingdom has led to some surprising discoveries.