Lesson Plan


SUBJECT:Anthropology
TOPIC:Methods of Collecting Information
GRADE LEVEL:3
CREATORS:Roni Abdul-Hadi, Leslie Blelis, Trish Henry, Christy Heugh, Steven Saleh

Goal

To have students become aware of anthropology and the methods of collecting information in order to make conclusions about people and culture as an archaeologist does.
 Objectives

Students will be able to


 Materials

Bags or boxes containing items or pictures of items that might be found in specific areas or used by specific people


 Procedure

Students will

  1. Receive an overview of anthropology and archaeology.
  2. Be read to from I Can be an Archaeologist by Robert Pickering.
  3. Divide into cooperative learning groups.
  4. Assign a discussion leader and a scribe.
  5. Become part of an "archaeological dig" that will come across some interesting but puzzling items.
  6. Examine a bag or box of soil containing items that they will "dig" for. Their task is to become detectives to make conclusions about the area from which the items came.
  7. Construct a list of items they find in the bag or box of soil and draw a conclusion about the area from the item, like an archaeologist.
  8. Have the group presenter share the findings and conclusions with the entire class


 Evaluation

Observe the ability of students to draw conclusions based upon the items in the box.

 Tying It All Together

Discuss with the class how they arrived at their conclusions about the area which they observed. Follow up this activity with studies about ancient peoples and/or archaeology.

 Resources

Pickering, Robert. (1987). I can be an archaeologist Chicago: Regensteiner Publishing, Inc.
 
 
 
 


 
 

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