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Grades 3-5

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Classroom Activity

Make a Scale Drawing

It’s time to excavate the contents of your desk—that is, after you first create a scale drawing of the site. Explore how precise mapping helps archaeologists keep track of their finds.

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Classroom Activity

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

With access to products and information from around the world, our range of choices is seemingly endless. But how would life be different if you lived in a different time and an isolated place?

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Classroom Activity

To Rot or Not to Rot

From hot deserts to frozen tundra to underwater caves, archaeological sites can be as diverse as our planet’s environments. See why some evidence from past cultures survives over time and some doesn’t.

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Classroom Activity

Making Mosaics

Vivid mosaics of stone and glass cubes—some enhanced with precious gold leaf—once gleamed from the floor, walls, and ceiling of the Petra Church. Learn how to make your own colorful masterpiece.

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Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Just Add Water!

Give your class a tour of the diverse landscape of your own undersea realm!

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Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Water vs. Land

Brainstorm with your students a list of things that are possible in water that are not possible on land, and vice versa.

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Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Be an Ocean Biodiversity Detective!

In this activity students will collect and closely observe specimens that have washed ashore to recognize different kinds of small ocean organisms.

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