We spent the first part of class reviewing the project that is due next week and what is expected of students. After discussion, students worked independently and with pairs/groups to examine and make inferences about sample archaeological sites.
Students received a small project this week. We reviewed all the papers given to students related to the project. These included the directions, a coordinate grid and an artifact log. These papers can be accessed below as well. Projects will be due the week of January 18th, on student's regular CEU day. Next week we will be analyzing sample dig sites like those students are being asked to create.
We learned about underwater archaeology this week. After brainstorming how this differs from the archaeology we have been studying, we read Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons. This is a great read that leads students on the real-life adventure of Mel Fisher to find the remnants of the sunken Spanish galleon, the Atocha.
Students worked in groups to make predictions about what a given archaeological tool was and how that tool was used in an archaeological dig.
This week we continued our discussion on the layers of the earth and identified in which layers artifacts would be based on their dates.
After meeting with second grade teachers, we decided to separate students into two groups and run the CEU on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ms. Jackson, Ms. Breedlove and Mr. Fellin's classes will participate in the CEU on Tuesdays and Ms. Walsh, Ms. Walls and Ms. Pazornik's class will participate on Wednesday.
I will update the blog on Wednesday afternoons, after the second group of students has attended class.
Talent-spotting lessons began today in Ms. Jackson's class. Over the next two weeks, I will be visiting all the second grade classrooms. Upon completion of the lessons, students identified through multiple data points will be invited to take part in the Archaeology CEU.