Can You Dig It?

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Name of Lesson: Can You Dig It? Grade Level:6th Grade
Subject: Ancient Civilizations/Social Studies

Overview:How do archaeologists uncover the story of early peoples? By searching for and studying artifacts and fossils. Purpose:The purpose of this activity is to provide students with experience in analyzing artifacts and fossils. Students will identify the ancient civilizations of their findings. Education Standard:6.1 --- Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of human kind from the Paleolithic Era to the agricultural revolution.

6.1.1 --- Explains Stone Age achievements such as the development of tools and the mastery of fire
HI 5 --- Describes how scientists make new discoveries and figure out how prehistoric people lived Objectives:*Describe the tools used by archaeologists to study and understand human history.
*Use structural and context clues to define words to gain and deeper understanding of the information.

Information/Check for Understanding:*Teacher activates telephone game to demonstrate oral history.
*Review vocabulary terms and previous lesson content.
*”Earthquake” - 4 paragraph report
Activity:Work in cooperate groups to achieve a goal.
* Identify items “found” at an archeological dig. * Each group should appoint a discussion leader, scribe, and presenter. * Tell the class they are part of an archaeological team that has discovered some interesting but puzzling items. Their task is to determine what type of artifact or fossil, and its originating civilization. * Each “archaeologist” of the group will “excavate” a fossil or artifact from the “archeological site”. * Discuss findings within the group.

* Students will categorize findings on a provided poster. * Students will choose the ancient...
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