Anthropology Teacher Resources

Study how humans have developed, interacted, and changed over time with our collection of anthropology resources, which include topics regarding social, biological, cultural, or physical anthropology.
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An Introduction to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Could geography really be the most logical explanation for the success rate of any given population? Jared Diamond makes his anthropological contention in his 1997 publication Guns, Germs, and Steel. A short explores his main points and...
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What Can You Learn From Ancient Skeletons?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Skeletons may not be able to speak, but they can still tell us a lot. High schoolers watch a short video about the ways biological anthropologists can use a skeleton's bone structure to determine age, gender, place of birth, and social...
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An Introduction to Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do traditional customs of Islam contradict western feminism? Explore this and more using a video summary of Saba Mahmood's Politics of Piety, part of an extensive playlist about the world's greatest ideas. It addresses a common...
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Digging for Humanity's Origins

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in...
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Why Human Evolution Matters: Crash Course Big History #204

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Is the progression of human complexity due to eating meat? The 14th video in a 16-part series attempts to answer this and other thought-provoking questions. It relates the process of human evolution and innovation to our ability to learn...
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Mayan Farming Practices

For Teachers 4th - 9th
The introduction of this lesson plan requires reading a from The Maya by Jaqueline Dembar Greene. Learners sketch a Mayan during the reading. Teaching strategies include direct instruction, grouping the students for discussions,...
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Social Scientists

For Students 9th - 12th
In this social scientist learning exercise, students respond to 10 matching and short answer questions about the work of economists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists.
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Archaeological Study

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars analyze the difference between archaeology and anthropology while studying the evolution of different products. In this archaeology and anthropology lesson plan, students trace the progression of a certain tool or product...
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In Celebration of the Silk Road

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road with a focus on a province in China to identify artifacts and research how these items arrived in the city of Turpan.
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Lost Treasures of Tibet: Mandalas

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine the history of mandalas from Tibet. After reviewing the Designing a Mandala handout, they use geometric symmetrical shapes to create their own examples. Next, they write poems or essays and explain the meaning of the...
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Native American Three Sisters Gardens

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students investigate companion planting. In this  communtiy gardening lesson plan students explore the tradition of the Native American Three Sisters gardening approach. Students act as botanists, anthropologists, folklorists, and curators.
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For Students 4th - 12th
The excavation of a cache of artifacts found on San Nicolas Island, a part of the Channel Island chain, is the focus of a documentary that shows how archaeologists uncover artifacts and use these finds to attempt to understand the past....
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War and Human Nature: Crash Course World History 204

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is aggression part of human nature? What about warfare? Crash Course World History takes high schoolers through the anthropological perspective of war, as well as the philosophical and biological points of view, and explores whether or...
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An Introduction to Lave and Wenger's Situated Learning

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learning begins with observation. A video summary of Lave and Wegner's Situated Learning discusses the importance of observation and apprenticeship in learning as part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest ideas. The video...
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African Art: Ntan Drum

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students study African history, anthropology and culture using the lens of the art object, Ntan Drum. Lesson and instruction is differentiated for elementary, middle and high school students.
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For Teachers 7th - 10th
A good start to a larger discussion, this presentation address the qualities and characteristics of a civilization. It briefly discusses the earliest civilizations, leaving your lecture as the next logical step in a world history or...
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Human Origins in Africa

For Students 6th - 8th
In this world anthropology worksheet, students describe physical traits and achievements of 5 hominid species and compare the Old Stone Age to the New Stone Age. In addition, students explain the work of anthropologists, archaeologists,...
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Two Very Different Concepts of Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the concept of cultural anthropology. In this culture studies lesson, students consider the culture of Guinea as they read "The Meaning of Time" by Katherine Ross. Students also discuss the traits of monochronic and...
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The Short Answer

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the discovery of the Flores man. In this anthropology lesson, students discover details about the Flores man and the work of anthropologists. Students are challenged to create their own stories that explain Flores man.
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Human Evolution: Biology, Bones

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners will love a weeks worth of bone study. They use bones and characteristics of bones to explore the evolution of hominoids. Bones are compared, categorized, and considered. A great way to bring physical anthropology and material...
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Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, Part 3 of 13

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part three of the 13-part series focuses on new advancements and environmental adaptations that allowed our ancient ancestors to survive and spread throughout the globe. Hunting, tool making, and linguistic innovations are viewed through...
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For Students 3rd - 5th
Learners read a paragraph which describes a variety of scientific vocations. Words such as anthropologist, entomologist, and parasitologist appear. They are given seven more scientific vocation words, and must use a dictionary to find,...
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Social Studies Wonders: An Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Help middle schoolers conduct Internet research and develop a working definition for the discipline of social studies. From a list of websites, they develop classification skills and differentiate between primary and secondary sources....
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Past v. Present: Using Geography & Anthropology

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners examine artifacts and documents from their Canadian community. They analyze early Canadian history and make predictions about the future of the country.