Cultural Anthropology Teacher Resources

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An Introduction to Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Claude Levi-Strauss’s Structural Anthropology contends that distance and details separate world cultures—and not much else. High schoolers watch a short explanatory video to learn more about the theory of structuralism, the societial...
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Culture Connect: Experience the Culture of the World

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
A rich series of activities introduces learners to the concept of culture by closely examining the behaviors, practices, and art of three distinct peoples: the Highland Maya of Guatemala, the Hmong of China and Southeast Asia, and the...
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The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
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Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
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What is culture?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
What is culture? Define culture, artifacts, subcultures, and multiculturalism with your class. This presentation provides a definition, example, and image of each facet of culture. 
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An Introduction to Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does St. Patrick's Day connect to cultural globalization? A video summary of Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large, part of the a larger playlist, discusses how new cultures have been created around the globe. Through graphics and...
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Music and the American Identity/American Culture

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of...
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Native American Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific...
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The Value of Ancient Traditions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine having to give up cell phones, computers, and TV? What would be lost? What gained? An examination of the Drokpa, a nomadic people who live in the grasslands of Tibet, provides class members an opportunity to consider how access...
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Climate and Cultures of Africa

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students gain an understanding of the relationship between climate and culture in the sub- Saharan Africa. Students will complete short exercises pertaining to the various cultures of Africa and the climate in which they live....
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Culture Everywhere

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students study their culture while filling in a chart that shows how culture meets basic human needs. They examine the role of archaeologists in studying people from past cultures.
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History: An African American Cultural Celebration

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students prepare and organize a cultural celebration of African migration and immigration. Working in groups or individually, they research topics and present the information, including dance demonstrations, instrumental or vocal...
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Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose...
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Cultures for Elementary Students

For Teachers K - 4th
Pupils research one or more cultures. They determine what aspects of the culture to research based on their interests. They develop a research proposal and share it with the class.
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Comparing Cultures

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the nature of culture, and compare/contrast various cultures and their artifacts and ceremonies. They develop a class list of artifacts, complete a worksheet, and create a poster or diorama describing an object that is...
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True Blue? On Being Australian

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Who or what is an Australian? Discover a plethora of student-centered, engaging activity ideas on the question of Australian identity, organized according to five major themes: people, symbols, place, sport, and words.
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Anthropology

For Students 9th - 12th
Anthropologists ask the question that everyone wants answered: what does it mean to be human? An online handout provides a brief introduction to the study of anthropology and outlines three common types of anthropology writing...
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Breathing New Life into Old Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the role of ceremonies and other traditions of Native American cultures. They research various Native American nations and create posters that visually depict their research.
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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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Ancient Egypt: Stories and Myths

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine stories and myths about ancient Egypt through time. They investigate ancient Egyptian culture and belief systems, including the influences of geography on the beliefs and customs of the time.
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Sa Hi Pa Ca (Once Upon a Time): Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 4th Standards
What tools do archaeologists and anthropologist use to learned about what life was like in the past. After watching West of The West's documentary Once Upon a Time that details how scientists use artifacts to establish a history of the...
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A Brief History of Cannibalism

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
A short video traces the practice of cannibalism through history and across cultures. Viewers may be shocked to learn the extend to which it is practiced today, even in the United States.
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"Their Eyes Were Watching God": Folk Speech and Figurative Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Using or considering using Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God? Then this packet is a must for your curriculum library. The examination of how Hurston combines folklore and folk language to create the voice of her...
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India: Where Remarkable Differences Are Ordinary

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students research India and Indian culture. In this Indian research lesson plan, students research and report on the lives of Indian children. The report will be in the form of a mock interview between a journalist and an Indian child....
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Life Along the Ring of Fire

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research geological forces that create the Ring of Fire and its effects on cultures. They write reports on how natural disasters influence societies.
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Artifacts

For Teachers K - 4th
Students examine different artifacts and determine the difference between personal and cultural objects. They collect items from their home of cultural importance as well. They identify all they can from artifacts they are given to analyze.
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WOMEN IN ANTHROPOLOGY

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore women (or men if they are underrepresented) who are leaders and achievers in the particular core content curriculum area.  In this Anthropology lesson, 12th graders study the women who have distinguished...
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Lesson: Jeremy Deller: Conversing about Conflict

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images...
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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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Art to Zoo: Celebration

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students research and develop a report on birthday rituals around the world. In this research lesson plan, students compare birthday rituals from other cultures to their own. Images and resources are included.
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JAPAN, IMAGES A PEOPLE

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students interpret Japanese and American paintings; evaluate paintings as sources of cultural and historical information
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International Institute of Archaeology an Anthropology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars research early humans and their cultures. They conduct Internet research, discuss their findings with their group, evaluate the information provided by artifacts, and create a report to present to a simulated archaeology...
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Break the Code: Anthropology Terms

For Students 5th - 7th
Spice up your study of basic anthropology terms using this decoding worksheet. Using a provided code, learners answer 10 fill-in-the-blank questions. Because the code is very simple, more advanced pupils may enjoy the challenge of...
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Zora Hurston Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students explore American culture by reading classic literature in class. In this African-American history lesson, students read the story Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree while identifying the work and contributions of the real life...
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Humor and Anthropology/Ethnic Humor

For Teachers Higher Ed
By posing controversial questions about racially charged words and jokes, this presentation explores the function and use of ethnic humor. Sure to inspire debates and discussions in your sociology or anthropology class, the slideshow...
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What Death Brings to Life - English Component

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students are introduced to the characteristics of ancient Indian, Chinese and Aztec cultures. They consider what was valued by these cultures and compare the cultures' values to their own. They write an essay on their reflections.
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Carnival Celebrations: Masks

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival instructional activity, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Students create their...
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What Death Brings to Life (Teen Living Component)

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students research and discuss many common characteristics of modern cultures and examine ancient cultures for comparison. They study the components of anthropology and ethnocentrism.
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Unearthing Ancient Greece

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students locate and analyze clues about ancient Greek life. In this ancient Greece lesson, students look at art, architecture, and artifacts to determine what was important to the Greeks and discover details about their culture. Students...
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Mongolian Museum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars act as curator of a Mongolian museum and create a brochure detailing a new exhibit of artifacts. The brochure include a floor plan of the exhibit and a description that be used in the museum tour.
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Escape to Freedom

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study the Underground Railroad. In this history of slavery lesson, 5th graders investigate how slaves communicated. Students read books, sing songs, and view maps of slave routes. Students make a word search using words...
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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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At-Risk Communities

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Waiting to Move," a photo essay by Ciril Jazbec, brings into sharp focus the threats posed by climate change. Class members examine images of Shishmaref Island and the Native Alaskan Inupiate coastal villages that are impacted by rising...
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Dark Water: Lesson Plan 3 - Grades 6-12

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
After watching the documentary Dark Water about a traditional Chumash ceremony and reading a Chumash origin story, viewers are asked to create a coat of arms and to craft an essay that details a family tradition or their own origin story.
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Technology-Supported Lesson Template

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students identify the major elements of a culture and the importance of religion in it.
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The Nacerima

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore different cultures by reading an article on the Naceriman culture and then comparing it with various aspects of the American culture. This allows students to create their own ideas about how different cultures address...
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To Dig or Not to Dig: The Stadium Showdown

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars examine an ethical public dilemma. In this cultural resource lesson, students role play to examine their personal beliefs regarding the protection of cultural resources. They evaluate possible actions they can take to...
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New World Meets Old

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students demonstrate understanding of basic facts about Christopher Columbus and different theories regarding his background. They try to solve the mystery of Christopher Columbus' background and write an essay offering their own opinion.
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Cache

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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Uncovering the Past and Present

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are introduced to the topics of archaeology and anthropology. In groups, they examine the methods they use to gather information about the history of certain groups. They analyze artifacts to draw conclusions about the...
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Ancient Man in Asia

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze and synthesize information about major historical developments by interpreting data, evaluation sources of information, identifying and comparing experiences and perspectives from multiple cultural perspectives.
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Cultural Anthropology Study Using the Fundamentals of Geography and GPS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, operate the GPS unit, plotting each head stone with accompanying description. Two other students to log in data that corresponds to the given points. One student to note general observations
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Classic Columns

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders present a PowerPoint presentation on Greek columns. They realize that Greek culture is centered around religion. Students create a model of one of the columns. Also they find examples of Greek architecture in major Greek...
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Relative Dating In Archeology

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students generate a time line, interpreting the ways in which past peoples may have used the artifacts at their disposal. Students also develop a poster showing a theoretical stratigraphic deposit, and then analyze the cultural materials...
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Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list...
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Then and Now

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The devastating changes happening to the Native American inhabitants of an island off the coast of Louisiana are the topic of an informational lesson. After scholars break into groups to explore particular topics, they come back together...
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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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WOMEN'S AND MEN'S ROLES IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students examine careers that are not traditional to their gender.
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Sacred Art

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a PowerPoint about Tibetan monks to help them explain the culture's world views, myths and religious beliefs. They investigate Navajo sand paintings and compare how they are similar to the Tibetan monks' artwork.
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Studying Community Festivals

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine culture through observations at a festival. They gather observations during their field study using tools including a notebook, tape recorder, and camera.
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Random Strategies in Archaeology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students critically evaluate cultures according to their artifacts. In this Random Strategies in Archaeology lesson plan, Students interpret evidence in order to better understand ancient societies. Students watch films that affect their...
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A Whale of Importance to the Arctic People

For Teachers 1st - 6th
The bowhead whale of the Arctic region is of great importance to the people that live there. Your class will brainstorm all they know about this wonderful whale and create an informational video, which they will share with the children...
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Shadows of North Carolina's Past

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American history from studying archaeological evidence cards.
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The Arts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East: An Exploration of Art, Music and Film

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students examine the arts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. After viewing films, they discuss the views of the various characters and identify the differences in the cultures presented. They also use the internet to evaluate various...
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Relative Dating in Archaeology

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students create a timeline that explains how ancient cultures used artifacts. In this Relative Dating in Archaeology lesson, students examine artifacts and draw conclusions about their origins. Then students analyze antiquated objects or...
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Ceramica de los Ancestros

For Students 3rd - 6th
Scholars join a field expedition team to unearth a plethora of treasures from Central America. Artifacts listed in alphabetical order come with an informational blurb and a picture designed for participants to color. Activity pages...
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Women in Anthropology

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders identify women who have excelled in anthropology. They present their findings which are compiled with other students' research to produce a list of women anthropologists.
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Margaret Mead: Anthropologist

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the life, travels, and cultural experiences of Margaret Mead. They participate in group work and inquiry activities about the qualities that Margaret Mead possessed and the places she traveled to. They distinguish...
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Anthropology and Sociology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the combined subjects of anthropology and sociology and explain how the disciplines would study the same issue. On poster board, they locate or draw pictures related to the two subjects. Once this is completed, students...
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Exploring Human History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study the four main subdivisions of anthropology and how they overlap. They explore the careers of several contemporary anthropologists and their fieldwork, comparing the methods and applications of their work.
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African Americans during the Great Depression

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students interpret patterns of behavior reflecting values and attitudes that contribute or pose obstacles to cross-cultural exploration. They explain and apply ideas, theories and modes of inquiry drawn from anthropology and sociology in...
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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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King Tut's Treasures

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore what modern artifacts can reveal about a culture. They explore how artifacts found in ancient Egyptian tombs can be used to paint a picture of daily life in ancient Egypt. Students discuss objects that represent modern...
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Lesson Design Archaeology- U.S. Map

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students examine the U.S. map and identify cultural areas. In this archaeology lesson, students locate cultural areas on the U.S. map and fill in the proper locations.
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The Hawaiian Islands

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders present information of people, places, and environments. They collect, organize, and analyze date to use with these representations.
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Building Bridges: Living in a Diverse Society

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students participate in various activities that help them build esteem, and explore racism. In this multicultural lesson plan, Students increase their awareness of, and appreciation for, cultural differences and similarities. This...
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The Language of Love

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the images and idioms related to love in their own culture. They examine new rituals recently created in Japan by reading and discussing "Osaka Journal:Japanese Date Clubs Take the Muss Out of Mating."
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Harvest Celebrations Around the World

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students, working in groups as cultural anthropologists, research harvest festival around the world. They design a Harvest web page based on their research.
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Lost Treasures of Tibet: Mandalas

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars 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...
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Ethical Dilemmas

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, using case studies, examine the difference between a choice based on facts and a choice based on values. They explore their attitudes or their culture's attitudes toward intervention and change during group discussion.
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How Can Understanding and Helping Others Build Our Own Community?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine the different cultures and disabilities people face in their community. They discuss how they can become better citizens. They answer discussion questions to finish the lesson.
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Beauty of the Harvest

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students collect information from Beauty of the Harvest and Native American culture to determine what women accomplished in their daily lives. After organizing and thoughtfully considering this information, students create their own...
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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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Interpreting Rock Art of the Anasazi

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore ancient Anasazi people through samples of rock art preserved in public lands of the Four Corners region. The national parks, which protect this land from vandalism and neglect, serve as a showcase for this Native...
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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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Alaskan Eskimo Collection

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students analyze mystery photographs to determine key characteristics about the Alaskan environment and Eskimo culture. In this Eskimo lesson, students read an Eskimo folktale and write their own in response. Lastly students complete a...
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Dance Around the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students gather information about traditional dances. In this folk dance lesson, students work in small groups to research a type of folk dance, then present information and perform the dance for the class.
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Vocations

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: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorow

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders take an Internet trip back in time to explore ancient cultures. Working in teams, they assume the roles of theologian, cartographer, economist, political analyst, and anthropologist. The same groups then create time...
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Albert Schweitzer: Darkness And Light

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students view a documentary which examines the life and work of Albert Schweitzer. Specifically, it explores the controversy surrounding Schweitzer. Darkness and Light would be useful for classes on World History, African History and...
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Baga Drum

For Teachers K - 6th
Students examine a Baga Drum in order to explore the history of the Baga people of West Africa. In this art history instructional activity, students recognize figures used in Baga Drum design that represent aspects of Baga culture. They...
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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders write a two to three page paper addressing one of the following topics: Analyze the values and beliefs of the two conflicting cultures. Explain which values seem to dominate within the conflict and why. They brainstorm...
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Understanding Artifacts

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students will develop a greater awareness of the things surrounding them and will be able to build a bridge between their own material culture and that of an imaginary figure from the past. This lesson focuses on the significance of...
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Connecting with the Past: Making a Memory Box

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the Native American Art of Caitlin. The exploration is done using the internet to make cultural connections.
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The Chinese Zodiac And The Western Zodiac

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create individual horoscopes that contrast and compare Western and Chinese views of their futures using poster boards and magic markers. In-class discussion is used to evaluate the use of the Zodiac in different cultures.
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Vocab-u-lous! Build a Fabulous Vocab: Words Beginning with TR

For Students 10th - 11th
In this vocabulary instructional activity, learners select the best word to complete the sentence. They are challenged by the difficult words that contain a tr-blend.
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Ethical Dilemmas

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students analyze anthropological case studies. In this specific Ethical Dilemmas instructional activity, students make ethical judgments based on the case study analysis. Students work cooperatively in small groups to reach their...
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Introduction of Archaeology Concepts

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the major concepts of archeology. In this archeology lesson, students listen to and discuss lectures on excavation, prehistory/history, and archaeological processes.
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Exploring Historic Cemeteries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how artifacts vary at different times and in different places. They examine gravestones, observe both the individual markers and the larger context or setting of the graves.
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Ancient Cultures

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students develop archeological skills in order to explain how scientists determine what ancient cultures were like. They develop an appreciation of the work that is involved in finding out about our past.
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Revolutionary Money

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Examine paper money from the American revolution! Historians study the paper bills and discuss the history of money. How has money changed over the times? Activities are included. 
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Ka'ianaa'ahu'ulu: A Leader of Hawai'i

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars evaluate leadership traits in 18th century Hawai'i and modern times. In this leadership skills lesson plan, students identify leadership traits and read the story of Ka’iana. Young scholars monitor the leadership...
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Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students participate in multiple hands-on activities to explore reproduction and pollination. In groups, using a cotton swab and powder, students simulate being pollinators and plants. They name the parts of the flowers and the function...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Biography

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Begin a study of A Wizard of Earthsea by looking closely at biographical information about the author, Ursula K. Le Guin, and previewing the text. Pupils listen to an audio guide and take notes for discussion. Next, the class reads two...
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Documenting Architectural Heritage

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine going from being one of the richest, most important cities in the world to one of the poorest. Imagine the history captured in the architecture of such a city. Imagine these same now abandoned buildings being destroyed. How would...
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Highways and Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the cost of change? Roberto Guerra's photo essay "La Carretera: Life and Change Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway" asks viewers to consider the impacts of the 1,600 mile-long highway through Peru and Brazil that connects Pacific...
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Minerals, Crystals, and Gems

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners discover the relationships between minerals, crystals and gems. They bring in rocks that they find at home, in the schoolyard, etc. and examine them and attempt to identify them. They set up a classroom exhibit that includes all...
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Playing Historical Detective: Great Grandmother's Dress and Other Clues to the Life and Times of Annie Steel

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th
Students draw conclusions about an mystery person based on documents and artifacts provided. In this drawing conclusions lesson, students become detectives by reading and analyzing evidence provided. This lesson includes information on...
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Why Do We Cook?

For Students 6th - 12th
Are you hungry right now? If you are, it might be because your brain is so large. The video describes the shift from larger jaw to larger brain and the relationship of larger brains to cooking. Crushing, preserving, and drying also made...
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Standards Focus: Dialect, Their Eyes Were Watching God Literature Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this Their Eyes Were Watching Godliterature guide worksheet, students read a 2 paragraph informative selection regarding dialect before they respond to 7 short answer questions that require them to translate the dialect of Zora Neale...
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Pictures Telling Stories

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students see the importance of primary sources in the study of history, but also the limitations of relying only on primary sources of taking the money, as it were, at face value.
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Life in THE JUNGLE

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss problems immigrants may have when coming to a new country. They take on the role of a law maker from the era and create an action plan and policy based on samples they read (links provided). Students discuss ways their...
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Helping the Adolescent Cope with Family Life

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners are introduced to the proper ways to deal with conflict at home. In groups, they define family based on what it means to them and identify factors that lead to a breakdown in communications. They participate in role-playing...
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Watching Crystals Grow

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Amazing science can sometimes happen right before your eyes! The class gets cozy as they watch crystals grow. They use Epsom salts, rocks, and food coloring to create crystals. They'll observe the entire process, documenting every step...
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Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define folklore, folk groups, tradition, and oral narrative, identify traditional elements in Their Eyes Were Watching God, and analyze and explain the role of traditional folkways and folk speech in the overall literary impact...
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Infusing Equity by Gender into the Classroom

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the different gender roles in the workforce.  In this Social Studies lesson, 12th graders participate in a class discussion on their roles in society.  Students write an essay. 
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Tut Technology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research historical and recent research on King Tut. They try to solve the mystery of how he died. Students explore how new technology is helping scientists clarify the circumstances surrounding Tut's death. They create a time...
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Native Lands: Indians in Georgia, How Do We Know What We Know?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine Native American oral traditions. In this Georgia history instructional activity, students discuss Native American oral traditions and research stories of migration. Students create their own oral history projects that...
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What Are the Social Studies?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Identify core social studies subjects with adult learners. They will discuss key issues from twentieth century American history and identify key social studies concepts taught at elementary grade levels. They then modify this activity to...
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The Dating Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learn about the human's ancestors through the (carbon) Dating Game. Use the script to have your high schoolers act out one round of the game. Once they have the idea, they will research another human ancestor and play a second round the...
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Native Foods and Livelihoods

For Teachers K - 2nd
Introduce young scholars to the ways in which land and people have a relationship. They examine the types of food local tribes have traditionally consumed and ways in which the people and the land both benefited from the act of...
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Mineral Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students complete a scavenger hunt worksheet as they find examples in their classroom, at home, etc., of minerals. Excellent worksheet!
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Create a Classroom Exhibit: Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students bring in rocks and minerals from home. They observe them and describe them carefully, completing a worksheet. Finally, a classroom exhibit is created.
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Under the Spell of Spiders

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students examine spiders. In these spider lessons, students will view spider images and live spiders to determine physical characteristics, habits, and habitats. Students will examine fantasy and folklore about spiders to create and...
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"ART ZOO 'Blacks in the Westward Movement', 'What Can You Do with a Portrait', and 'Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass'"

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students study black history, examine portraits and portrait making and create their own portraits, and  investigate their natural environment. This humanities lesson provides a text that can be used to teach lessons in black history,...
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The Westward Movement

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th
Young scholars study the westward movement through examining stamps. In this westward movement lesson plan, students draw conclusions, determine cause and effect relationships and examine the westward movement of the United States by...
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How Size Shapes Animals

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Young scholars investigate how size affects large and small animals differently. In this animal lesson plan, students determine how size affects different animals by constructing their own animal out of marshmallows. Once young...
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Fossils Footprints Across Time

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine fossils to understand how they are formed and how they give information about geological history. In this fossil lesson, students research and write about fossils and make models of different fossil types.The PDF...
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Going...going...gone? Tropical Rainforests-How They Work, What They Do for Us, What's Being Done to Them...

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the Tropical Rainforest and come to understand what it is and how it affects the ecosystem. In this rainforests lesson, 6th graders write about the Tropical Rainforest, imagine they are in the Tropical Rainforest,...
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Creating a Pot: Repetition as a Unifying Design Element

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.
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Reason for Rhythm

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine percussive music. In this music lesson plan, 6th graders examine various types of percussive music and instrument. Students create their own world rhythm instruments.
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Stories of the Wrights' Flight

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students examine and compare primary and secondary source accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903.
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Florence and the Renaissance: Art, Architecture and Politics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners, in groups, prepare a presentation using slides or other visual media, on art, architecture, government, religion, economics and geography of the Florentine Renaissance. Working as an individual, prepare a two to four page paper...
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Harlem Renaissance Research Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete a group research project on the Harlem Renaissance. In this Harlem lesson, students pick from a list of topics all related to the Harlem renaissance. They create a PowerPoint presentation, topic outline, and bibliography. 
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Functionalist View of the Family

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Any social science class studying functionalism and family may benefit from these eight pages of background information and activities. It does not include specific learning objectives, assessments, or rubrics, but it is a great source...
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Animal Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth graders write poems that use local wildlife as their inspiration. After a class discussion which produces a list of wildlife that pupils have seen in their town, a review of three types of poetry ensues. They look at how haiku,...
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Creation Mythology

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students construct a map from geographic data and explain relationships found in the information. Students identify ancient beliefs and customs through Hawaiian creation myths while comparing similarities and differences and appreciating...
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The Achievements of the Sumerian Empire

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders identify four achievements of the Sumerians. They explain the importance of the inventions. They write about a Sumerian invention.
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The New Explorers: 20th Century Medicine Man

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students watch an episode of the "New Explorers" that follows ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin as he travels into the Amazonian rainforest in search of plants that are new to moderen medicine but well known to the indigenous people.
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Japan: Images of a People

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students learn the geography of Japan and its location in reference to the United States.
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Japan: Images of A People

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners study Japan and explore the use of screens.
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Views of the American West: True or False?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain that a landscape painting may or may not accurately represent a specific place. They identify techniques that create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface.
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Dinosaurs Were Real!

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Learners investigate the history of dinosaurs, as real animals. In this dinosaur lesson plan, students examine basic concepts that help them understand the history of all life. Included in this article is information on the world of the...
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Lift and Drag: Principles of Flight and the Soaring Imagination

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students construct models of early gas balloons and gliders. In this balloon and glider lesson, students create models of early gas balloons and gliders, discover how the forces of lift and drag effect aircraft in flight, and put on...
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Teaching With the Power of Objects

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students define value of an object. In this value lesson plan, students identify reasons for collecting objects, compile a personal inventory of items they find valuable, and then define why those items are valuable to them. In step two...
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History Close to Home: Creating Your Own Special Museum

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create their own museum exhibit. In this museum creation lesson plan, students research their local history so they can decide on a theme for their exhibit and what objects they will use in order to design a museum exhibit. A...
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Learning from Letters and Other Mail

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students explore the history of our mail system. In this postal lesson plan, students evaluate mail as a means of communication, create a mail system in their classroom where they can send and receive mail. Once the students receive...
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Using Artifacts to Engage Students in Critical Thinking Activities

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Creating learning centers with artifact-related activities are a great way to promote deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills.
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The Díne (Navajo) Native American Tribe

For Teachers K
Students participate in a variety of activities to become familiar with the Navajo Indians. In this Díne (Navajo) Native American tribe lesson, students understand where the Navajo tribe lived and find them on a map. Students discuss the...
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The Age of Innocence Study Questions and Essay Topics

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
For this online interactive literature worksheet, learners respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Pharaoh Phonetics

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars explain the purpose of hieroglyphics and identify their role in communicating ideas. They research the history of writing and it's significance in ancient Egyptian life and identify the components of hieroglyphics.
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Cost/Benefit Analysis: Three Gorges Dam

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, in groups, take various roles in evaluating the costs/benefits of the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River in China.
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Activity: Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Beads

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Students show an understanding of how millefiori beads are constructed by making some in several styles in polymer clay. They view images and techniques on a website imbedded in this plan and then attempt to make their own.
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Typee Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Herman Melville's Typee. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Archaeology as a Career

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students read several passages about archaeology to learn about the career. For this archaeology lesson, students research the career of archaeology. Students interview an archaeologist and then write an essay about the career choice of...
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Methods of Collecting Information

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine a bag or box of soil containing items that they dig for. Their task is to become detectives to make conclusions about the area from which the items came as real archaeologists do.
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American Prehistory: 8000 Years of Forest Management

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students discuss the first people to live in North America and the types of evidence we have of their existence. They complete a set of worksheets and explore their answer in group discussions.
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Amazon Adventure: A Case Study in Medical Technology and Bioethics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explore a case study. They use problem solving skills to determine initial procedures or experiments necessary slow disease and develop a drug. Students examine FDA drug approval procedures. They consider environmental and...
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Indians in Georgia: How Do We Know What We Know?

For Teachers K - 12th
Students discover archaeology by investigating the history of Native Americans in Georgia.  In this U.S. history lesson, students participate in a mock archaeological excavation in their classroom by recovering artifacts and drawings...
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Research Project

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore Chinese New Year, complete a cyber hunt, and write a report which includes pictures, using the information they found.
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Lewis and Clark: The Language of Discovery

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students replicate some of the trailblazing methods of Lewis and Clark on a fifteen-minute "writing journey" through the school or neighborhood.
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The Rocky Shore

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners compare a realistic landscape painting with a photograph of the same place.
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Spy on a Spider

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students view slides or live specimens to name and describe the distinguishing features of groups of arthropods, especially spiders and insects. They complete worksheets, observe webs and then search for and record where spiders can be...
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Creatures from Planet X: Spiders

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students are given a description of some fascinating animals from "Planet X". They follow the descriptions given to illustrate one of these animals paying careful attention to introduced vocabulary such as 'appendages', 'receptors', and...
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Facts, Feats and Folklore: Spiders

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students review and discuss a variety of sayings, folklore and superstitions about spiders. They discuss this information and choose either an interesting fact or appealing foklore tradition to illustrate.
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In or Out? Make Up Your Mind!

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Students create a portrait gallery of various people in history. For this biography lesson plan, students determine whether people in history have the criteria needed in order to be placed in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery....
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If the World Was a Village...Examining Ethnocentrism

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine their own perceptions of world's people, compare those perceptions to real demographic data, provide definition and understanding of term "ethnocentrism," and examine their own ethnocentrism based on comparison of...
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We Arrived 10,000 Years Ago...

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explain ways that humans migrated from Asia and settle in the Americas.  In this investigative instructional activity students participate in a brief archaeological demonstration and review what they learned. 
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Mountain Myths

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students become familiar with Native American myths and legends created to explain volcanic activity. They apply the clustering, writing process and peer-editing techniques to the writing of an original myth about Mount St. Helens
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The Meaning of Disability

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discover the different types of disabilities. They examine the stereotypes and stigmas associated with them and hear from a person who lived in an institution.
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Amazon Adventure: a Case Study in Medical Technology And Bioethics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers test problem-solving skills, the ability to see connections, and the ability to draw conclusions and inferences from information provided in a case study. Given a case study, they formulate a procedure and draw conclusions.
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The Sociological Point of View

For Teachers 10th - 12th
For this sociology and society worksheet, young scholars respond to 4 short answer questions and match 15 sociology terms on the left to the description on the right.
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Looking Back to 1980

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners use clustering/mind mapping techniques to generate ideas, graphically represent inferences, organize their conclusions and write a report that presents conclusions the writer has reached, and facts substantiating those conclusions.
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Predicting the Past

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils study how archaeologists record the past. They discuss archaeology and artifacts. They view a list of artifacts discovered by Marquette at the Illinois Village and answer questions regarding them. They complete a test about three...
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Archaeology as a Career

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders read about archaeology as a career. They develop a list of questions they would like to ask an archaeologist and then actually interview an archaeologist on the future of archaeology as a career.
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine conditions at state mental hospitals after World War II. They examine the treatment of patients and how to evaluate the credibility of sources. They write a short essay to complete the lesson.
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An Excursion to Cities of Mysterious Pasts

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use the encyclopedia sources on the computer or in the library to research the historic sites and history of Mexico City. They make notes of what they find to be the most interesting for their visit. They make a large map of...
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Polymer Clay Millefiori Cane Beads

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
Students explore how to make millefiori cane beads. They use clay and beads to form the unique art.