Activities

Here you will find links to activities from various archaeological based resources. These activities are taken directly from their source and their intended purpose is to be used in the classroom.

Organizaton: Abbe Museum

Description: An activity in which students construct a birchbark basket which were used for thousands of years by the Wabanaki people for a myriad of purposes.

Age group or class level: Grades K-12

Birchbark Basket Activity [PDF]

Organizaton: Abbe Museum

Description: An activity in which students construct a birchbark heart to give them experience with using birchbark and an idea how the Wabanaki people used it in their daily lives.

Age group or class level: Grades K-12

Birchbark Hearts Activity [PDF]

Organization: Adventure Learning Foundation

Description: A single lesson disproving a couple of myths about the culture of the native peoples of Guatemala.

Age group or class level: Grades 6-12

Sunrise....Sunset

Organization: Alaska Museum of Natural History

Description: Students use archaeological methods to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting.

Age group or class level: Grades 4-8

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists (Part 1) [PDF]

Organization: Alaska Museum of Natural History

Description: Students use archaeological methods to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting.

Age group or class level: Grades 4-8

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists (Part 2)

Organization: Alaska Museum of Natural History

Description: Students use archaeological methods to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting.

Age group or class level: Grades 4-8

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists (Part 3) [PDF] 

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: A hands-on experience with actual artifacts, this lesson reinforces the importance of background research and primary sources in archaeology and teaches students classification skills.

Age group or class level: Elementary Age students

How Sweet it Was: The Sugar Trade in Alexandria [PDF]

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: Students are challenged to identify attributes of the pottery of historic Alexandria to make assertions about manufacture technology, design and individual potter's work.

Age group or class level: Elementary Age students

The Potter’s Art: Alexandria Stoneware Pottery Design [PDF]

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: This lesson uses real artifacts in a hands-on format to describe the 18th century Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria. It emphasizes the sorting and analysis components of the laboratory step in the step-by-step process of archaeological research, as well as in the importance of referencing primary sources.

Age group or class level: Elementary Age students

Archaeology Sets the Tavern Table [PDF]

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: This lesson uses artifacts excavated at the Coleman Site. Students examine maps, census and tax records to determine who used the artifacts from four different features at the site. These activities demonstrate the importance of the step-by-step process followed in archaeological research.

Age group or class level: Middle School/High School students

Hayti: Uncovering an African American Neighborhood [PDF]