Why Lesson Planet?
Take this simulated archaeological dig one layer at a time with your young pupils to encourage observation, critical thinking, and careful attention. Using a transparent box full of layers of sand and artifacts, pupils examine the culture, discuss their findings, and as an option, perform an excavation.
- Connect this to the time in history you are studying by customizing the artifacts that are buried in the dig site
- If you have less time and fewer materials, you can create one dig site for the whole class to observe
- While the instructions are written in complex language, the activity itself is meant for younger kids (but could easily be adapted for older students)
- See the materials for additional ideas and support for how to create simulated digs in your classroom
- Provides assessment questions for the end of the activity, some of which have suggested answers
- Includes detailed lists of materials necessary for creating the dig site and excavating
- Cross-curricular activity combines social studies and science
- Basics of Archaeology for Simulated Dig Users