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Online Resources for Teaching Archaeology

The following links represent just a few of the many, many online resources for teaching archaeology to K-12 students:

AIA Education and Outreach Pages: These pages include a range of resources, from "Archaeology 101" to lesson plans to listings of education and outreach events. (www.archaeological.org/webinfo.php?page=10260)

National Endowment for the Humanities EdSitement: A collection of very detailed lesson plans, searchable by Topic and Subcategory (e.g. "Mapping the Past" for Grades 6-8, "The Alphabet is Historic" for K-2, and "Hammurabi’s Code: What Does It Tell Us About Old Babylonia?" for 9-12). (edsitement.neh.gov/lesson_index.asp)

The New York Times' Learning Network Lesson Plan Archive: A searchable database of hundreds of lesson plans; a search for keyword "archaeology" and grades 6-8 yields 22 lesson plans, including "Gone, but Not Forgotten: Exploring the Role of the Afterlife in Royal Burial Practices in Ancient World Cultures" and "Can You Dig It? Examining the Significance of Artifacts Found in an Archeological Dig" (in which students participate in a mock archaeological dig). (www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/archive.html)

ARCHNet: K-12 Resources: A long list of links to a variety of online resources, which can be organized by topic, institution, continent, country, or region. (archnet.asu.edu/resources/Selected_Resources/K-12%20Resource/general.php)

Teaching Archaeology: A Sampler for Grades 3 to 12: Compiled by the SAA, this includes sample lessons on "Scientific Methods in Archaeology", "Teaching Options for Local Culture History, "The Multidisciplinary Science of Archaeology", and "Stewardship of Cultural Resources", as well as links to other resources and talking points for why archaeology should be included in the school curricula. (www.saa.org/PubEdu/sampler/toc.html)

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge: Outlines the requirements for a merit badge in archaeology, and includes a worksheet on archaeology. (www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/archaeology.asp)

Smithsonian's "Decoding the Past": Includes an introduction to learning about archaeology and three lesson plans ("Archaeological Thinking", "Layers of the Past", and "Puzzle Pieces"). (www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/decoding_the_past/index.html)

National Geographic Xpeditions Lesson Plans: Nearly 30 lesson plans that focus on "How to Apply Geography to Interpret the Past", for K-2 ("Olympic Competition"), 3-5 (e.g., "Building a Greek Subway Museum"), 6-8 (e.g. "Greek and Roman Land Use: What Was the Difference?"), and 9-12 (e.g. "Where Can You Find a Good Mummy?"). (www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/standards/17/index.html)

Discovery Channel's Lesson Plan Library: Includes lessons plans in Ancient History for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (e.g., "Civilizations: The Rise to Power", "Archaeology", and "Reflections of Ancient Greece") -- all of which are designed to accompany videos produced by the Discovery Channel. (school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/?pID=lesson)

Museum Educational Resources: Many museums provide teaching guides around their collections, for example The Getty Museum's Curricula (www.getty.edu/education/search/curricula.html), Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications for Educators (www.metmuseum.org/explore/classroom.asp), RISD Museum's "For Teachers" (www.risdmuseum.org/education.aspx?id=15216).

The Archaeology Channel's Teacher Resources: An extensive compilation of links to lesson plans, organizations, workshops, and other educational resources. (www.archaeologychannel.org/content/TeacherResources.asp)

Resources for the Teacher: About.com's collection of links related to archaeology, including books and websites for young learners. Also includes a link to About.com's collection of archaeology curricula. (archaeology.about.com/od/teachingarchaeology/Resources_for_the_Teacher.htm)

Kansas State Historical Society's Archaeological Resources for Educators: A listing of books and links related to teaching archaeology. (www.kshs.org/resource/archeteach.htm)