Lesson Ideas / Notes
Interactive Journal - Definitions
I use these template sheets and have students cut them out and glue down the one side, then cut open the flap - see image to the side. They draw a picture describing the word on the front, then write a detailed description and provide examples under the flap.
Scientific Techniques Interactive - Cut and create open flap in all four directions!
I found this activity a few years ago it is a great little activity to help students distinguish between what an archaeologist, geologist and paleontologist study. I have them do it in groups and then we share out and discuss each!
Stratigraphy / Strata Information
Digging Horizontally - to open up as much space as possible.
Vertically - to go back in time
Grid - Use videos to build these ideas.
I use this activity as reference point for the rest of the year - the layers, what they told us etc. Artifacts can be many things. I carefully plan it out each year. I create a bathroom garbage can. Layering the items carefully so that they connect and create a story!
Check out my page of Archaeology
Activities that require critical thinking, collaboration and problems solving. They work great as stand alone activities and as stations!
Video - What is Archaeology
Video on Vimeo - Describes a dig in great detail! Easy for students to understand. It is produced and narrated by an actual archaeologist!
I have students take Cornell notes like the ones below to record important information as we watch the video.
Bill Nye - Archaeology Video
I love Bill Nye! Never a better Science Guy! Archaeology treads between socials and science and this video is fantastic. I have the students take notes using the document below! Just to help focus them while they take in all the great information he provides!
How Stuff Works Carbon 14 Dating
Great Video on How Stuff Works all about Carbon 14 dating. Use this assignment sheet to help them record what they learn!
Great Video on how stuff works about how Archaeologists use Grids.
Students can explore active Archaeological Sites. Read field notes, watch videos and so much more!