Archaeological Context Lesson Plan
by: Laura Dzvonick, July 2019
Adapted from the SAA K-12 Activities and Resources on Context
Audience: Grade 3; groups of 4 to 5
Duration ~ 45 – 60 mins
Learning objectives: To learn the importance of artifact preservation and context. Build logical thinking skills and teamwork.
Materials: Index cards ( 30)
Color marker or crayon
Archaeology / Archaeologist
- Create sets of artifact cards for 5 locations. Using one card for each artifact, write or affix a picture. (Ex. A group for a dentist office would have five cards with Stethoscope, Disposable gloves, Blood pressure cuff, Eye chart, Exam table)
- On the back of each card make a small color mark for each group. (Ex. Dentist office artifacts = blue line)
- On the poster board create a polygon for each color
- Shuffle cards
Introduction discussion: Discuss what archaeology is and what we can learn from it.
- Pass out the shuffled cards to each group
- Have students discuss what location they are studying based on the objects in the shuffled cards – 10 mins
Discuss – what helped them come to their conclusion?
- Have the students look at the color on the back of their cards and place the cards in the corresponding color on the poster board.
- Assign each group a color to discuss what location they might have now. – 10 mins
Discuss – What helped them come to their conclusion?
- Which set of artifacts were the easiest to make sense of: the first or the second? Why?
- Would an archaeologist be able to know what was happening in a location if someone removed, or moved the artifacts?
- Thinking of the lesson, what is the best thing to do if you run into artifacts while outside?
- What could an archaeologist learn about you if they visited your bedroom? What things would be important?
Pictures for cards