Lesson Plan

Kingsley Crispies!

rice crispy slave cabin
An example of the cabin students will be building.

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
African American History and Culture, Archaeology, Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), History
Duration:
1 class period
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SS.B.1.3.1
SS. D.2.3.2
Keywords:
tabby, slave quarters, archaeology, Cooking

Overview

The students will have an opportunity to learn about the historical building technique of making tabby by constructing crispy bars.

Objective(s)

After completion of the activities and site visit, students will be able to:
1. To understand the processes of tabby construction.
2. To explore the different ways the slaves contributed to life on a plantation. 
3. To experiment with different construction materials. 
4. To build a block of "tabby" [crispy bar]. 

Background

Begin with Project Archaeology lesson on how humans adapt to meet basic needs. Contact the Florida Public Archaeology Network or Project Archaeology:

Materials

Materials Needed include:
• Krispies recipe
• Sketch of tabby building process 
• Tabby slaking video on Timucuan Preserve website 
• Krispies ingredients (cereal, butter, marshmallows)
• Project Archaeology lesson on how humans adapt to basic needs 

Procedure

Extensions

Archaeologists and architects love to experiment with how things are made- it helps them understand not only the building process, but the builders themselves.  Discuss other famous experimental archaeology examples: Bill Rathje and garbology, Time Team's recreation of waterhenge. (Do a web search.)

Additional Resources

Florida Public Archaeology Network

Project Archaeology 

Vocabulary

tabby, archaeology, process

Last updated: April 14, 2015