Lesson Plan

Easter Islanders Made Tools, Not War

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When studying artifacts, especially tools, how do archaeologists determine what the devices were used for? In what ways might researchers' previous experiences influence their perception of an artifact? An article about researchers' shifting theories on how tools found on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) were used offers class members an opportunity to practice their reasoning skills. Individuals carefully examine an artifact and develop a theory about what it is and how it is used.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • The Rapa Nui myth says the Moai walked from the quarry to their current location; invite class members to develop their own explanation for how the heads were transported across the island
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructs must provide the artifacts for the identification activity
  • The packet includes a detailed plan, pre- and post-reading activities, and extensions
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