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Archeology Lesson Plans


Archeology Lesson Plans

While I never had an opportunity to conduct a unit of Archeology Lesson Plans or a stimulated dig, I did have some notes and worksheets related to it. I figured this would be a 3-5 day unit.

Day 1: Archeology Lesson Plans
Discussion of what Archeology is and isnt
Why it is important
What skills or knowledge is needed
Learn about scientific method/forming hypothesis and how it may apply to Archeology
Maybe have students do a reading on a famous archeologist (or provide short snippets/bios from famous ones). Probably want to select a diverse group (male, female, minority, etc). Then discuss and share it.
Possible career research to being an Archeologist?

Day 2: Archeology Lesson Plans
Discussion of techniques (probably pick 5 techniques that are the most common)
What to do/What not to do
Maybe a video showing the techniques
Students then practice techniques
Students then critique each other

Day 3: Archeology Lesson Plans
Prep 5-10 different archeology topics: Mayans, Aztec, Roman, Greek, Indian, China, 1800s, 1900s, Egyptian, Viking, etc. Pick a variety of topics and have students research the life of a commoner and rich person.
Students should focus on
Food, clothing, physical objects, religious symbols, etc,
Students should complete some sort of chart that gives facts/info on different aspects of a common/rich persons life in each of the above topics
You may need to prep this on the internet and have students visit a website to learn more about daily life

Day 4:Archeology Lesson Plans
Continue research

Day 5-6:Archeology Lesson Plans
Simulated Dig
Depending how you want to organize students may select a box or students may be randomly assigned a box.
Students then use the techniques they learned about to analyze a shoebox and dig it.
Students complete a recording sheet where they describe what they found, where they found, the number of the object, and the measurements of the object.

There are several ways to present the dig. You could do the shoebox and put sand and objects in it. You could buy large tots or bins and fill it with sand and then put objects in it to make it a larger area. You could dig into the school yard property and place items. Obviously, if you have more classes it will take much longer to prep all the “digs”.

You would obviously need to purchase items related to the different topics/cultures. Items that students could find in a dig such as bones, skulls, jewelry, clothing etc. may be purchased cheap around halloween/dollar store. Shoe boxes can be gotten from a shoe store (ask the manager), trowels, measuring tape (probably a fabric one) and other digging items may be purchased from Lowes/Home Depot, the dollar store, Goodwill etc.

Day 7-8:  Archeology Lesson Plans
Students create a report on what they found and their hypothesis of the culture/kind of person.
Students present findings
Teacher shares answers

Day 9-10: Archeology Lesson Plans
Students watch a hollywood film and compare and contrast real-life Archeology to how it is portrayed on the screen. Students complete a worksheet on the film and then compare and contrast.

Here is an outline of some sources that I found to be helpful in sketching out my Archeology Lesson Plan idea.

Archeology Lesson Plan Outline
Basic Stimulated Dig
Shoe Box Dig
Schoolyard Dig
Sample Recording Sheet
What students need to know briefing
Layer Cake Archaeology

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Madagascar Lesson Plans World Geography

Madagascar Lesson Plans World Geography

Student’s will research an animal, complete a writing assignment, and describe how humans have interacted with the animals. Upon completion of the assignment student’s will view Madagascar I, Madagascar II, and Madagascar III and answer questions Student’s read a brief outline of Madagascar and answer 10 questions. Students then complete some zoological questions regarding different animal species.  For more World Geography Lesson Plans Click Here.

Madagascar Reading Students read an outline of the country of Madagascar and answer 10 questions. Students then complete some zoological questions prior to watching the film.

Madgascar Activity I Teacher Answers for the above activity. Note that this packet also contains additional activities.

Madagascar Activity II Peace Park Reading: Peace Park Reading Activity.

Animal Research Project: Assignment outline and grading rubric.
Links have been provided below for the animals to research.
*Wikipedia is a good source for basic information. The links at the bottom of the page often contain additional websites that are helpful in research.
*You may also use National Geographic Animal Search Feature.
*Another resource is the World Wildlife Fund Endangered Species List

Animal Research Links Webcam Link
Asian Elephant Asian Elephant Wikipedia;
Asian Elephant National Geographic
Elephant Cam
African Elephant African Elephant Wikipedia; African Elephant National Geographic/ African Elephant Cam
Giraffe Giraffe Wikipedia Giraffe Cam
Bactrian Camel Bactrian Camel Wikipedia
Dromedary Camel Dromedary Wikipedia
Black Rhinoceros Black Rhinoceros Wikipedia Rhino Cam
Indian Rhinoceros Indian Rhinoceros Wikipedia Rhino Cam
Toucan Toucan Wikipedia
Penguin Penguin Wikipedia Penguin Cam
Emu Emu Wikipedia
Kangaroo Kangaroo Wikipedia
Koala Koala Wikipedia
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Wikipedia Bald Eagle Cam
Zebra Zebra Wikipedia
American Bison American Bison American Bison Cam
Wildebeest Wildebeest Wikipedia Wildebeest Cam
Japanese Macaque Japanese Macaque Wikipedia Japanese Macaque Cam
Jaguar Jaguar Wikipedia Jaguar Cam
Lion Lion Wikipedia Lion Cam
Gorilla Gorilla Wikipedia Gorilla Cam
Musk Deer Musk Deer Wikipedia
Orangutan Orangutan Wikipedia Orangutan Cam
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus Wikipedia Hippo Cam
Hyacinth Macaw (blue) Hyacinth Macaw (Blue) Wikipedia
Polar Bear Polar Bear Wikipedia Polar Bear Cam
Siberian Tiger (Amur Tiger) Siberian Tiger Wikipedia Siberian Tiger (Amur Tiger) Cam
Panda Panda Wikipedia Panda Cam
Burmese Python Burmese Python Wikipedia
Indian Cobra Indian Cobra Wikipedia
Ostrich Ostrich Wikipedia Ostrich Cam
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World History II SOL 14b African Independence

Lesson Plans World History II SOL 14b African Independence

Standard: The student will demonstrate knowledge of political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of independence movements and development efforts by

Objective: describing Africa’s achievement of independence, including Jomo Kenyatta’s leadership of Kenya and Nelson Mandela’s role in South Africa.

Lesson Plans:
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects.

Essential Knowledge:

    The independence movement in Africa

• Right to self-determination (U.N. charter)
• Peaceful and violent revolutions after World War II
• Pride in African cultures and heritage
• Resentment of imperial rule and economic exploitation
• Loss of colonies by Great Britain, France, Belgium, and Portugal; influence of superpower rivalry during the Cold War

    Examples of independence movements and subsequent development efforts

• West Africa: Peaceful transition
• Algeria: War of Independence from France
• Kenya (Britain): Violent struggle under leadership of Jomo Kenyatta
• South Africa: Black South Africans’ struggle against apartheid led by Nelson Mandela, who became the first black president of the Republic of South Africa

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World Geography SOL Review Worksheets

World Geography SOL Review

World Geography SOL Review Worksheets:

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Packet Trivia Questions:
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These are the handouts included in the What I Need To Know books:

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European Union and United States

European Union and United States Comparison


For information about the US See:

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Human and Physical Geography Current Event Assignment SOL 2b and 12b

Task: Find TWO current events and relate them to geography.

One must be related to the physical aspect of geography (such as (weather, climate, landforms, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes etc.)  and one must be related to the human aspect of geography (such as population, ethnic groups, culture, human conflicts, international organizations, human cooperation, disputed areas, push+pull factors, migration, Human-Environmental Interaction etc.)

Directions: For each aspect summarize the article (in 2-3 sentences) and describe/explain the connection to the physical or human aspect of geography (in 2-3 sentences). Include a Works Cited Page that gives the title of the article, the author or organization that published it, the date it was published, and the link to it.

This article is about ethnic conflict in the country of South Sudan. The conflict is between two South Sudanese tribes: The Dinka and the Nuer. This article is an example of human geography because it focuses on ethnic conflicts. Ethnic conflicts often are a result of tensions between two different human groups. Additionally, the United Nations has peacekeepers inside South Sudan attempting to stop violence.

Works Cited:
Title: Sudan: Conflict has promoted Ethnic Tensions, says Official
Author: Sudan Tribune
Date: Sept 24th, 2014

Resources to use for current event:


New York Times

Google News Search

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WG SOL 2bc Human Environmental Interaction


TASK: Analyze Chernobyl by completing the following:

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Cooperation and Conflict SOL 10ab Assignment

Cooperation and Conflict SOL 10ab Computer Research Assignment

Examine any ONE conflict  and analyze in a 3-5 sentences the reasons for the conflict (HINT: Think about economic, social, political, cultural, geographic, historical, religious, or ethnic reasons)

Syria (Golan Heights) and Israel
Western-Sahara and Morocco
China and Taiwan
India and Pakistan
Canada (Quebec)
Balkan Peninsula (the break-up of Yugoslavia at the end of the Cold War)
Cyprus  (Greece side and Turkish Side)

Choose any ONE International Cooperative Organizations and explain in 3-5 sentences how the organization fosters cooperation and agreement among member nations AND provide an example of it doing so.
NATO (North-American Treaty Organization)
EU (European Union)
OPEC (Oil Producing and Exporting Countries)
NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)
OAS (Organization of American States)
League of Arab States
ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)
AU (African Union)
United Nations
Red Cross/Red Crescent






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WG 3abc Regions and 6 Human Migration

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Map Activity: Use the Blank Political Map to Complete the Regions Location Instructions

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3abc Regions Location Map Instructions

Map Questions to complete when done: Use your notes, textbook OR map to answer:

  • 1. Where is the “Rust Belt”?
  • 2. In America, we call the region of Northern Africa and SW Asia “The Middle East.” What is another name for it?
  • 3. Where is the “Wheat Belt”?
  • 4. What is a goal of the European Union?
  • 5. What is the “Francophone World”?
  • 6. Name three countries in the Francophone World other than France.
  • 7. Why are regions important?

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