REVIEWS AND INSTUCTIONS
“This unit was something the kids loved. They learned a lot that we were able to tie into our tested content later in the year (like using tables, data, pictures to collect evidence). With fifth graders, they need to be interested in the content to apply themselves to learning the content” – Kentucky Teacher
Instructions for the Teacher:
The teacher’s document is 84 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student archaeology notebook. It includes a brief history of the shotgun house and a timeline activity for the Davis Bottom shotgun house. Quadrant maps of the shotgun house site are provided for students to study how the house was used by people who lived there.
Student Archaeology Notebook:
The student notebook is 43 pages of informational texts and data collection sheets about the Davis Bottom shotgun house. Mr. Kenny Demus and the Laffoon sisters - Cissy and Mary, residents of Davis Bottom, guide students through the investigation. Through geography, archaeology, oral histories, and historic photographs and documents students learn how a site is interpreted, why it is important today, and how to preserve sites for future generations to enjoy.