Archeology is a fun and creative way to “hook” students on learning. It has something for everyone, whether your students are interested in the physical sciences, arts, humanities, or cultural studies. Practice analyzing evidence, reading and writing, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Archeology can spark conversations about important topics, like cultural diversity or environmental change, that help teachers and students see their relationship to the world.
Lesson plans and activities for all grade levels are available online, as well as professional development training to fulfill continuing education requirements.
Curricula and Lesson Plans
Curricula and lesson plans can be used as-is or adapted to the grade level, student need, and district.
- Teachers (keyword: “archeology” or “archaeology”)
- Teaching with Historic Places: Archeology
- Teaching with Museum Collections: Archeology
- Project Archaeology (Bureau of Land Management)
Distance Learning Classrooms
Distance learning modules provide a way to bring an archeologist into the classroom. Videoconferencing allows kids to interact directly with archeologists and museum staff, minimizing preparation time required by classroom teachers.
- Introduction to Archeology, Midwest Archeological Center
Field trips are welcome in the national parks. Find parks near you to find archeological programs, including Junior Ranger or service learning opportunities.
Professional development helps teachers to build their skills in teaching through archeology. Be sure to ask about grants for travel and supplies.
- Professional development, Teaching with Historic Places
- Workshops and training, Project Archaeology (Bureau of Land Management)
- Educational resources for archeologists (Society for American Archaeology)
Last updated: January 5, 2021