IF COMING UP WITH an interesting way to teach your 6-8 graders about archaeology is difficult for you, look no further. What Is It Like to Be an Archaeologist? is a project based learning activity for your collaborative groups that is enticing, challenging and fun. When you see your kids being actively engaged and truly enjoying their learning experience, it will help you to once again discover a joy of learning with them.
So many kids love to role play, which they’ll do in this activity. Students will break into groups of four and assume a specific role as they go on an imaginary archaeological expedition and find some broken up clay pots with strange markings. They’ll work as a team to assemble the fragments and draw conclusions about the symbols, and what these artifacts were used for.
So instead of just talking about archaeology, writing definitions, and answering questions, which will turn them off, they’ll have a good grasp of what they’re studying because they’ll be active rather than passive learners.
If you’re concerned about assessment, there’s a written assignment that students are required to complete on their own. So if you also teach ELA, this can be used as an Ancient History as well as a Language Arts grade.
We all know that many kids forget what they’ve been taught soon after they’ve had their test. I’m positive this will leave a lasting impression and will be something they’ll remember even after they’ve left your classroom.
⎈COMMON CORE STANDARDS⎈
WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1a, WHST.6-8.1b, WHST.6-8.1c, WHST.6-8.1d, WHST.6-8.1e, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.2a, WHST.6-8.2b, WHST.6-8.2c, WHST.6-8.2d, WHST.6-8.2f, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.5, WHST.6-8.6, WHST.6-8.7, WHST.6-8.10
⎈ WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY about project based learning:⎈
⎈ PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and gain better learning competencies required to be successful in school and life.
⎈ Many kids find education boring and meaningless, with PBL, they’re engaged and active rather than passive learners.
⎈ Common Core and other educational standards emphasize real world applications of knowledge and skills that help promote problem solving.
⎈ PBL helps students better understand the content and retain it longer than the traditional approach.
⎈ Collaborating with others helps build character.
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⎈THIS IS WHAT’S INCLUDED⎈
⎈Complete Lesson Plans
⎈Language Arts Rubric
⎈Individual Student Rubrics
⎈Illustration & Description of Artifact
⎈Definitions Answer Sheet
I REMEMBER sitting in history class, as a student, and being bored out of my mind. The teacher just lectured and all I could do was look at the clock and wish that I was someplace else, ANYPLACE else! Needless to say I learned very little that year. I only began liking ancient history after I became a 6th grade teacher, years later, and vowed that I would make it come alive for my children. I didn’t want them to go through what I did. That negative experience gave me the impetus to use PBL learning in most of my teaching and I’m so glad I did.
⎈THIS RESOURCE can be used for:⎈
⎈ Gifted students
⎈ Middle school
⎈ High School
⎈ World History classes/ELA classes
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