TOPIC:Methods of Collecting Information
CREATORS:Roni Abdul-Hadi, Leslie Blelis, Trish Henry, Christy
Heugh, Steven Saleh
To have students become aware of anthropology and the methods of collecting
information in order to make conclusions about people and culture as an
Students will be able to
understand a basic concept of anthropology
understand a basic concept of archaeology and the archaeologist
work in cooperative groups to achieve a goal
identify and make assumptions about items found on an "dig"
discuss findings within the group
report findings and assumptions to the class
Bags or boxes containing items or pictures of items that might be found
in specific areas or used by specific people
Party: party hat, horn, streamers, party invitation, confetti
School: pencils, erasers, paper, ruler, crayons
Bathroom: toothpaste, brush, comb, mouthwash, toothbrush, shampoo
Sports Field: bat, ball, football, tennis racket, wrist band
Concert: sheet music, harmonica, flute, guitar, music notes
Receive an overview of anthropology and archaeology.
Be read to from I Can be an Archaeologist by Robert Pickering.
Divide into cooperative learning groups.
Assign a discussion leader and a scribe.
Become part of an "archaeological dig" that will come across some interesting
but puzzling items.
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.
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.
Have the group presenter share the findings and conclusions with the entire
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.
Pickering, Robert. (1987). I can be an archaeologist Chicago:
Regensteiner Publishing, Inc.
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