Several links to teaching materials on National Park
Service web sites are listed below. If resources are not available online,
the link will take you to the park's homepage where contact information
is available. New educational resources are created frequently, if you
do not see the park that you are looking for in the links below please
contact your nearest National Park about archeology
related educational materials.
Also check with your nearest park about archeology related events and tours.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Educational material, particularly on Native Americans, is available
for teachers by contacting the park.
Mead National Recreation Area
Mojave Desert, AZ, NV
In the resource guide "The Future of the Past," 5th grade students describe
evidence that past cultures have left for archeologists.
Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ
Rockin' Through the Ages: From Fossils to Petroglyphs (Park education).
San Francisco, CA
An active, interdisciplinary curriculum introduces middle school students
Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Agoura Hills, CA
"The Chumash: A Changing People, A Changing Land" (grades
3 to 4) is an in-park program that explores the traditional Chamush
lifestyle. "One Land: Many People, Many Ways" (grades 4 to
5) is an in-class program, which focuses on archeology as a means for
learning about different cultures. An online teacher manual is available
for the in-class activity. A teacher workshop is also available to learn
about the Native American cultures of Southern California.
Pre- and post-visit acitivities for 4th to 7th grade students.
An extensive project about Balcony House and the artifacts found there
Frederica National Monument
St. Simons Island, GA
Established in 1994 as a partnership between Fort Frederica National
Monument and the Glynn County School System, the program's archeology
curriculum has been formally adopted into the framework of the 4th grade
curriculum. Teachers are trained to instruct students in the history
of the 18th-century fort and town of Frederica and in the methodology
of historical archeology. To prepare both teachers and students, Fort
Frederica has developed and facilitated an intense week-long teachers
Read about the Dr. Charles Fairbanks Memorial Discovery Lab which has
a section devoted to archeology. The Georgia Archeological Resources
Protection Videotape and Traveling Exhibit are also availble for loan
to schools and other organizations.
National Historic Park
And It Is Still That Way is an educational packet for K12 students.
Email email@example.com or contact the park to order.
Mounds National Monument
Harpers Ferry, IA
Several lesson plans for archeology are available. 4th to 6th graders
learn about the process of archeology through classroom activities including
chocolate chip cookie excavations. In another activity available, 9th
to 12th graders assess the characteristics of a society based on analysis
of a single coin.
Iron Works National Historic Site
The Parks as Classrooms program "What is it?" for grades 4 to 8 uses
archeology to examine objects and can be related to the sites in this
park. A Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan is also available
West Glacier, MT
Contact the park about the Work House Native American Heritage Education
Program. This teacher guide uses Native American traditions to understand
the park's resources.
Aztec Ruins National Monument
There is an extensive teacher's guide for student's in grades 4 to 7 available online. Replica trunks and videos are also available for loan.
Petroglyph National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument Teacher Guide is targeted for grades K
to 8. "Valley of the Ancients" deals with Native American stories and
is appropriate for grade 3 - high school. A new book called "Stones,
Bones, and Petroglyphs: Digging into Southwest Archaeology" is now available
for 4th - 8th grades. Contact the SPMA bookstore manager at (505) 899-0205,
ext.347 to place an order.
Pueblo Missions National Monument
Salt Mission's Scholar Program for grades 6 to 8 has three teacher kits
available for the Abo, Gran Quivira, and Quarai units of the park. The
Gran Quivira activity in particular relates to archeology.
Mead National Recreation Area
Mojave Desert, AZ, NV
In the resource guide "The Future of the Past," 5th grade students
describe evidence that past cultures have left for archeologists.
River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Parks as Classrooms has developed a teacher's guide for all grade levels
with information and activities about the Native Americans of the Northern
Culture National Historic Park
Teacher's workshop, educational guides (4th to 6th grades) and educational
programs for loan including Introduction to Archeology videos for all
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
An award winning archeology trunk is available for travel by contacting the park.
Independence National Historical Park
This is a downloadable, curriculum-based, educational program meeting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Standards. It was created by the Independence Park Institute (IPI) at Independence National Historical Park. Students take on the role of archeologists and piece together the stories of the buried past. The lesson plans have students investigate primary and secondary history resources. (Grades 5-12).
South Fork National Recreation Area
The Archaeological Resource Protection program introduces students to
prehistoric and historic Indian habitation of the southeast and the
Cumberland Plateau. An optional field trip provides students in grades
5 to 12 the opportunity to visit a looted site and to try a controlled
National Historical Park
With the Jamestown Archeology resource guide, students (4th to 8th grades)
will learn what archeologists do, who else is involved, how they perform
their jobs and the importance of their discoveries in understanding
the everyday life of 17th-century Jamestown. The study guide includes
the story of historical archeology at Jamestown, a pre-visit activity,
a museum activity (on-site) and a post-visit activity. Many self-guided
activities posted on website also.
Virgin Islands National Park
Find lesson plans for elementary and middle school teachers on the prehistory of the Caribbean. These plans were developed through the Virgin Islands Humanities Council for teachers and students to learn about the archeology of Cinnamon Bay.
Whitman Mission NHS
Walla Walla, WA
Archeology curriculum workshop for teachers of grades 4 to 7.
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