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Students identify one object that would tell the story of their lives. In groups, they determine what can and cannot be told from objects left behind. After watching a video, they compare and contrast chicken bones to human bones. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of the Cenozoic Era.
Eighth graders consider how immigration impacted the East. In this West Virginia history lesson, 8th graders research the effects of immigration on Wheeling, West Virginia. Students also gather information about immigration on a field trip to the West Virginia State History Museum. Students use their findings to produce videos that highlight the immigrant experience.
High schoolers are introduced to four important fossil finds: the First Family, the Hadar Skull, Lucy, and the Laetoli Footprints. They explore how scientists interpret fossils to try to better comprehend how humans evolved. This activity guides students through Riddle of the Bones by using it as a basis for a team project.
Third graders become aware that as people's attitudes toward death changed so did the gravestones of that time. In this Essex County gravestone lesson, 3rd graders examine information found on gravestones. Students create a gravestone with information about themselves that they would want someone to know.