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With the Rosetta II Activity for physical science, follow the same techniques used by linguists to decipher Rosetta stones. The task will be to use problem-solving skills to decipher each message.

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Build your students’ problem-solving skills as they become professional linguists. Uncovered in 1799, the Rosetta stone was the crucial missing link that led to the breakthrough in the decoding of Egyptian hieroglyphics into a modern language. In this activity, students will follow the same techniques used by linguists to decipher Rosetta stones! Students will be given three types of Rosetta stones written in different “languages.” The task will be to use problem-solving skills to decipher each message. All materials are completely reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-6: Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.