In-School Exploration

Provider: Reflections of Manatee

Contact: Sherry Robinson

Starting cost per student: $5

Additional Info: Please contact for a price to visit multiple classes on the same day.

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? Teacher

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Students will participate in an archaeological lab analysis exercise to understand processes of observation, data recording, classification, and hypothesizing about material culture.

The visiting heritage professional will lead students in a discussion of how we learn about the past, and how archaeologists use artifacts to learn things that might not be apparent from documents. Students will be introduced to the concept of stratigraphy and discuss the importance of context for  learning about people in the past.

Students will then undertake detailed observation and accurate recording of an artifact. Students will think critically about material culture (artifacts and other stuff people have made) and practice different systems of classification. They will record their observations and hypothesis on a worksheet.

Additionally, this exploration makes cross-curriculum connections between science, social studies, math, and language arts. The inferences made from observational data draw upon both scientific identification tables and social sciences information about peoples and culture.


SC.4.N.1.6, SC.4.N.1.7, SC.5.N.1.6, SC.5.N.1.1, SS.4.A.1.1, SS.4.A.4.2, SS.5.A.1.1, MAFS.K12.MP.5, MAFS.K12.MP.6, MAFS.5.MD.2.2, LAFS.4.RI.4.10, LAFS.5.RI.4.10, LAFS.5.W.3.8

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