Author: John R. White Ph.D.
Product Code: 626
ISBN: 978-1-59363-162-8
Pages: 208
Availability: In stock.

Written by renowned archaeologist John White, Ph.D., this book shows any teacher or parent how to help kids become young archaeologists. Imagine the thrill students will experience as they discover artifacts from the past. There isn't a single student who won't love the activities in this book!

From creating simulated archaeology, to participating in digs in the classroom, to digs in the community, this book is a how-to for teaching archaeology. Of equal importance is that while learning the discipline of archaeology, students will be acquiring skills in math, biology, geology, art, geography, history, and language skills, as well as motor, social, and conceptual skills.

Hands-On Archaeology shows teachers everything they will need to help students conduct real-life archaeological digs. Packed with activities, this book first offers small-scale activities that can easily be conducted in the classroom using everyday materials. Then, the author takes kids out of the school to an empty lot in the community. Students will not just learn about archaeology—they will be archaeologists!

Grades 4–10


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by Linda
on 1/28/2012
from Penn Laird
Hands-On Archeology
This is a great source of archeology concepts and activities that you can realistically do in the classroom. It has inquiry-based activities  at a level that an elementary school teacher can use with real kids, and it provides the impetus for deep thought and problem solving that gifted kids need.
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Review by: Maurice Fisher, Gifted Education News - January 1, 2006
Here is another example of the type of educational book that should be used with gifted students in grades four through middle school. White is an experienced archaeologist and anthropologist. His book teaches the fundamentals of archaeology by having students excavate empty lots of recently demolished buildings. They must engage in the following activities: making careful observations of a site, building a resource library, developing a working hypothesis, pre-excavation research, making an excavation, taking care of artifacts, and writing a research report. The author strives to accomplish a goal of education emphasized by Jerome Bruner (Toward a Theory of Instruction, 1966) — educating students to think and approach problems like a scientist.
Review by: Cary Seidman, National Science Teachers Association - November 8, 2005
Hands-On Archaeology will be a welcome departure from the routine in schools in which science teachers have been required to cover an excessively broad spectrum of topics in hopes of improving student scores on a science proficiency exam. In this volume, John R. White shows how a single science discipline—archeology—can promote learning not only in several science fields, but also in art, mathematics, geography, and history. It's ideal for integration.

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