Grades 3-5

Exploring Density

Activity

Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Activity

Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Throwing water balloons on school grounds in the name of science? Absolutely, if you do it safely, and apply what you learn to the science of finding and recovering meteorites.

Curriculum Materials

Booklist: Native American Myths

Compare contemporary myths with those from the 19th century. Read trickster tales from 55 tribal groups. And peruse illustrated Haida myths. 

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

Shoebox Archaeology

Classroom Activity

Shoebox Archaeology

How does one generation stack up to the next? Find out why it’s easier for archaeologists to answer this question when a family settles in one place.

Where Did You Find It?

Classroom Activity

Where Did You Find It?

Context is everything when it comes to identifying and understanding artifacts. Explore how archaeologists use surrounding objects to sort out how an artifact was originally used.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Book List

Want to learn more about archaeology but don't know where to start? Dig in with this list of books, with titles for both kids and adults.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Web List

Explore Petra and learn more about archaeology with this Web list for kids and adults.

The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

Activity

The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

What’s the universe made of? Scientists tackle this puzzle by studying the composition of the different objects contained in the universe. In this activity the object is the Sun, and the tools are the periodic table and a graph.

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

How do you find a place that's been lost for more than 300 years? Take up this challenge, and learn what it took for archaeologists to locate a lost mission on a 14,000-acre island near Georgia. 

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.

Inca Investigation

Inca Investigation

It's your turn to do archaeology! As you investigate what daily life was like in the Inca empire, you have the chance to collect Inca chronicles. Do you have what it takes to collect all six?

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