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Project Archaeology is a comprehensive archaeology and heritage education program for anyone interested in learning or teaching about our nation’s rich cultural legacy and protecting it for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Mission.
heritage education program for anyone interested in
learning or teaching about our nation’s rich cultural
legacy and protecting it for future generations
to learn from and enjoy.
Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures; to improve science and social studies education; and to enhance citizenship education to help preserve our shared archaeological legacy.
The Sage on the Stage
The Guide on the Side
Inquiry through the lens of archaeology.
Investigating the Poplar
Forest Slave Cabin
Curriculum Development Model:
Understanding by Design
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
1998 and 2005
Essential Questions – questions that guide the uncoverage of knowledge
Assessment – Evidence of understanding. How do you know students understand?
Plan learning events and activities – based on essential questionsUnderstanding by Design:The Basics
Using the tools of scientific inquiry, archaeologists study shelters and learn how people lived in them.
The Old Ghost Town Dilemma
Imagine you are visiting an old ghost town in a state park with your family. Several rock buildings are still partially intact. There is a large sign by the ruins saying, “These walls are very fragile! Do not take anything, and do not walk on, or go into the ruins.” You are eating your lunch when a family arrives and ignores the sign. Kids are walking on top of the ruins and are picking up glass fragments and old nails and putting them in their pockets.
What do you do? Would you respond in any of the following ways? You might choose more than one answer. Think about what you have learned about context as you choose your answer.
______________ _______________ _________________
What can we learn about the history and lives of enslaved people by investigating a log cabin?
Just as human feet leave a
footprint, shelters also a
leave a “footprint.”
Calcium Density Map
Artifact Density Map
Debate preservation of an African American site from four different perspectives.
Revisiting the Enduring Understandings