This week for STEM @ Home, we are taking a closer look at archaeology. Archaeologists are scientists who study how people in the past lived. Though many people might think archaeologists study dinosaurs, they actually don’t. Paleontologists study dinosaurs; archaeologists study people. You may also wonder what activities you can do with your kids to learn about people of the past without going to an archaeological site. Well, all the activities y’all dig into this week can be done in doors with everyday artifacts around your home to help get your kids thinking like an archaeologist!
Online Videos: Use these links to educate and entertain!
- Early Elementary: Solving Mysteries with Archaeologists!
- Upper Elementary: All About Archaeology (Nat Geo Kids)
- Middle School: What’s Hidden Under the Sand of Sahara?
- High School: Archaeology: Reality vs. Expectations
At Home Excavation Unit: Why do archaeologists dig, or excavate, in squares? What can an archaeologist learn when testing an archaeological site? In this activity students learn how archaeologists sample an archaeological site and use the Pythagorean Theorem.
Sandwich Stratigraphy: Stratigraphy is the science of layers – in the case of archaeology, scientists determine which artifacts are older or younger based on their position in the layers of dirt at an archaeological site. This fun “snack-tivity” is a great demonstration of how archaeologists study the layers of an archaeological site to determine how the site was formed and what people living there in the past did and when.
Everyday Artifacts: Archaeologists study objects made by people who lived in the past. Archaeologists call these objects artifacts. By studying artifacts, archaeologists are able to make interpretations about how people in the past lived and what these people did. In this activity, kids will explore objects around their homes, made by people, to make an interpretation about how their families live.
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