Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter is a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5. The unit supports Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy and mathematics, especially through modeling the investigation process. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology, students can seamlessly integrate science (STEM) with literacy, mathematics, social studies, and history. It consists of nine comprehensive lessons guiding students through the archaeological study of shelter including a toolkit of archaeological and scientific concepts and a final performance of understanding. Now includes a professional development DVD! More information
Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art (grades 3 – 5)
Discover the past through evidence from rock art sites! In this curriculum, students examine the distant past through ancient images that people created and left on stone. Create rock art from authentic images using two different hands-on techniques. Explore how archaeologists study rock art to understand past cultures and learn that rock art was a form of communication before there was written language. Students observe an authentic rock art panel and analyze two interpretation to determine the artist’s message using evidence to support inferences. Students design a web page or smart phone app to help protect rock art. Investigate the Red Army Rock Art Panel in Colorado (this volume) or go to the rock art database on our website to find another investigation closer to your home.
Project Archaeology: Investigating Food and Land (grades 4-5)
Project Archaeology will transform your classroom into a community of student archaeologists who ask questions, make observations and support their inferences with evidence, analyze primary sources, relate culture to their own lives, and passionately share what they learn in a variety of ways. Discover the past through authentic evidence from archaeological sites and oral histories. In this investigation students will use geography, ecology, history, and archaeology to learn about people’s interconnectedness to their landscapes and ecosystems. Examine artifacts, plant and animal remains, and maps of archaeological sites throughout an area of the Great Basin (this volume). Students use maps, data collecting, and analysis to explore how they get their food today and how people got their food in the past. Students design a menu featuring locally available ingredients.
Project Archaeology: Investigating Nutrition, The Advent of Agriculture in Mesopotamia (grade 6)
Discover the past through authentic evidence from ancient archaeological sites in Mesopotamia! Trace the shift from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture in the ancient world. Examine two real archaeological sites on the upper Euphrates River and uncover the changes in diet as people shifted from foraging to farming. Students will think like archaeologists as they apply the tools of scientific inquiry (observation, inference, evidence, context, stratigraphy, and chronology) to the investigation of nutrition. Surprisingly, the advent of agriculture decreased food diversity with significant consequences for human health even today. Explore contemporary nutrition through student collected data and design a healthy eating plan for the school based on information drawn from the study of the past!
Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher’s Activity Guide for 4th-7th Grade.
Twenty-eight classroom tested lessons use archaeology to teach science, math, history, social studies, art, literacy, and higher level thinking skills such as problem solving, synthesis, and evaluation. Students have the opportunity to classify artifacts, make cordage, investigate a rock art site, date based on tree-rings, and excavate garbage.