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Pre-K to Grade 2


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.


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.


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.


Hands-on Activity

Create a Compass

From any place on Earth, a compass will always point north. But do you know why? Explore the inner workings of this tiny magnet by building one—and then testing it in your neighborhood.


Hands-on Activity

Edible Earth

Want to take a close look at the layers that make up our solid Earth? Cook up a model that's good enough to eat—from the spice drop inner core to the thin chocolate crust.


Hands-on Activity

Start a Rock Collection

Why collect rocks? Because every rock has a story to tell about how Earth, and life on it, has changed over time. Learn how to create a collection that rocks!


Hands-on Activity

Grow Rock Candy

No matter where you find mineral salt—on your table or at the beach—you'll see its unique cube-shaped crystals. Take a sweet look at the crystal patterns and compositions of minerals.


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