Today, for the first time since coming back from Colorado, I went into a grade 5/6 class to share some of my knowledge about archaeology. What a great group of students! They were interested and attentive and asked lots of questions. We looked at what archaeologists need to look at, particularly when they are learning about cultures that are “prehistory” in North America: climate, landforms, petroglyphs, and tree rings. They all worked with partners on a tree ring activity where they had to match the rings from 2 sample cores to a base line to determine how many years ago the samples were cut and then what years had the least amount of precipitation and which had the most. They did a great job and asked really good questions.
This group is very technologically active. They have a blog and they have laptops and ipads in the classroom and have classes in other cities (countries?) with whom they tweet. They also have a wonderful project they started last year called Project Thank You. They create a card for someone who has done something they wish to say “thank you” for. Then they initial inside the card and pass it to that person. That person then creates a new card and has 2 to pass along by way of saying thank you. The front of the card gets hand decorated and the inside explains to the person what they need to do. They gave me one for coming in to talk with them. So now I have to reproduce it and think of two people to pass them along to. What a neat idea!
I’m really looking forward to seeing them again next week when I will finish up my talk and we’ll look at weapons and artifacts, the dig site and the lab. I had a great time today! Thanks, room 209.