Activities and Projects for Archaeology for Kids and Teachers
These are activity and project ideas for kids and teachers to use in your unit study of archaeology. These activities can be adjusted for any grade. We hope you'll find some ideas you can use.
Mixed Up Pots: Decorate five or six old clay flower pots with paint or magic markets. Put all the pots in a brown paper bag, and gently hit the pots with a hammer. Shake the bag. Remove half the pieces. Using glue, try to put together the pieces into something that "seems" to make sense. Submitted by: Barbara D Martin, California, USA
Mystery Object: Place a "mystery" object inside a shoebox. Secure the lid. Have your kids work in small groups. Create as many shoeboxes as you have groups. Have the kids try to figure out what's inside without opening the shoe box, just as archaeologists have to do when they find a new mummy! Submitted by: Barbara D Martin, California, USA
"Motel of Mysteries": This assignment is based on the book "Motel of Mysteries", which is an hilarious look at completely wrong interpretations of things found in a modern hotel by archaeologists in the future. After reading about 5 pages of the book to my kids, I have them all draw an everyday object of their own, then write a wrong interpretation of it. Makes a great bulletin board, and kids get a good idea of how things can be interpreted incorrectly! Submitted by: Barbara D Martin, California, USA
School yard dig: Setting up your own dig
Transparent Shoebox Dig - Instructions
Create your own dig: Instructions
Doing Archaeology in the Classroom: A Sandbox Dig, but first, teach your students what is legal and illegal about "digs"
Free Archaeology Activity Pack from the Museum of London - I especially like the hairbrush activity
A Classroom Activity: Classifying Artifacts in the Classroom
Interactive Online Quiz with Answers for Kids about Archaeology: Archaeology Q&A Quiz Interactive
Online Game Day: Archaeology - Games and Interactive Learning Sites for Kids - I set this activity to work by creating a scavenger hunt sheet of things for kids to find in the sites listed on their exploration sheet. The kids have to site the source for each scavenger find for verification.
Choose Your Own Adventure from over 70 different classroom activities and possible assignments
See also: Archaeology Lesson Plans for Teachers
Opening Unit (Archaeology/Early Man)
This book has three complete mini-units -
Five Themes of Geography, Archaeology, and Early Humans.