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The Lone Woman and San Nicholas Island

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Explore the fascinating archaeology of San Nicholas Island in the Channel Islands of the California coast. You'll find a video on the story of the "Lone Woman", activities for learners to imagine what it would have been like to be alone...
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Forensic Detectives: Archaeology at Work

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Dig in! Middle schoolers learn about archaeology by exploring the remnants of the Chiribaya bodies found in Illinois. Compare archaeological investigations, and then write a mystery detailing the discovery of a body! Consider bringing in...
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The Mathematician And The Archaeologist

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students decorate clay pots and destroy them in order to learn the techniques of modern-day archaeologists and practice mathematical measurements. This is an exciting instructional activity suitable for Social Studies, Math, Science, or...
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What Do You Know About Archaeology?

For Students 6th - 12th
A 10-question interactive permits young anthropologists to study the field of archaeology and the tools archaeologists use to dig into history.
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History In A New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth

For Students 4th - 12th
New ReviewA 12-minute virtual tour introduces viewers to the newest exhibition at the Plymouth Plantation museum. The video, featuring artifacts from an archaeological dig at historic Patuxet and Plymouth, begins with Wampanoag displays and moves...
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Traces: Historic Archaeology

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students list at least five different kinds of artifacts archaeologists have found in U.S. excavations. They cite artifacts when describing life at a particular archaeological site.
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Classroom Archaeology

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students, in groups, receive a box of artifacts. They record their findings and discuss what the items would have been used for. They come together at the end of the lesson to share their findings.
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History In A New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
New ReviewSixty-seven pages take scholars on a digital tour through the exhibit, History in a New Light: Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Patuxet and Plymouth. Crystal clear pictures accompanied by text offer a deep understanding of the...
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Archaeology

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners compare and contrast the role of scientists with that of archaeologists. They also describe the roles of observations and evidence in science.
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Be an Archaeologist!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore the concept of archaeology.  In this archaeology lesson, students discover exactly what an archaeologist does for a living.  Learners use a broken flower pot to learn how archaeologists have to piece ancient broken items...
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Archaeology, A Visit To The Past

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders become archaeologists. In this archaeology lesson, 5th graders observe "artifacts" from our generation. They sketch these artifacts and decide what they might have been used for. 
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Archaeology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how observations lead to investigations, and how archaeologists conduct their investigation.
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Archaeology

For Students 4th - 5th
In this archaeology worksheet, students answer 8 questions about archaeology. For example, "How are most archaeological sites discovered?"
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Archaeology and Erosion

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study how erosion affects archaeology sites. In this investigative lesson, 6th graders construct a model of a pyramid using sugar cubes. They will investigate in groups how water, wind, and sunlight affects their model...
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Marine Archaeology

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine marine archaeology. In this archaeological data lesson, students see how archaeologists use data to make inferences about shipwrecks. Students read data and make their own inferences, write about marine life and...
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Dr. Dirt's Archaeology Lab Artifact Analysis

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students simulate analyzing artifacts in archaeological lab by using real techniques that archaeologists use. Students practice measuring skills, drawing, writing, and brainstorming, and make inferences based on evidence.
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What Can We Learn From the Past?

For Teachers 7th - 11th
What would future archeologists learn from your scholars' personal belongings? Have them bring in a box of "primary sources" from their home. Discuss the difference between observations and inference, using some of your own items to...
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Archaeology Inventory Project

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What can be learned from ancient art and artifacts? In the second of a series of lessons devoted to the history of Afghanistan, class members assume the role of archaeologists and investigate art found along the Silk Road. They observe,...
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Cache

For Students 4th - 12th
The excavation of a cache of artifacts found on San Nicolas Island, a part of the Channel Island chain, is the focus of a documentary that shows how archaeologists uncover artifacts and use these finds to attempt to understand the past....
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Archaeology: Digging in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore how an archaeologist works and makes discoveries. In this archaeology lesson, students participate in a simulation in which they excavate broken pottery. Young scholars use measurement, geometry, and observation...
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Shoe Box Archaeology

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students create a shoe box with family items and soil and other students dig through their shoe boxes to find the history behind the student. In this archaeology lesson plan, students create conclusions based on what they found.
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The Robot Archaeologist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover what is needed to program an underwater robot to complete a course of action.  In this robot archaeologist lesson students design an archaeological strategy of an underwater vehicle. 
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The Search For King Richard III - The Archaeological Dig

For Students 9th - 12th
The discovery of the remains of King Richard III in early 2013 sparked media attention all over the world. Take a walk through the archaeological site itself and learn about the process behind the excavation, from how the dig site was...
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Fill in the Blanks

For Teachers 8th
Archaeologists, historians, and scientists all work together to create a timeline of our past. Engages learners in a series of activities that all filter through the NOVA video, "Mysteries of the First Americans." Each activity is...