Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you define archeology? How would you engage students in a study of the ancient past?
- How do visual representations of content and processes help students learn and remember them?
- How can hands-on learning be used effectively with students in the middle-grade years?
- What are some teaching strategies to help students see the relevance of archeology to their own lives?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Explorations in Archeology and History," take notes on Ms. Larsen's instructional strategies, particularly the way she helps students understand how archeologists and historians study the past. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How did Ms. Larsen link students' prior knowledge to new learning?
- Which of her strategies most effectively met the goals of this lesson?
- How did Ms. Larsen stimulate and maintain students' interest?
- Consider the ways in which this class is different from yours. How would you introduce your students to past civilizations?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Larsen's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.