In Search of the Past
Sixth-grade students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Middlesex County) will solve the mysteries of life through archeology. Teachers Carolyn Pagel, Joan Agneta, Cathy Kurdyla, and James Rosenbauer will create a simulated archeological dig site during the summer. They will dig a 20 by 20 foot space, fill it with different varieties of soil to create distinct strata, and incorporate artifacts at different layers.
The actual dig will be preceded by a series of lessons on archeology including researching and surveying a site selection and a visit by an archeologist. Students will grid the site by measuring and mapping. They will then work in teams to excavate, clean, and record their finds. They will also photograph, catalog, and study the artifacts.
Students will be evaluated throughout the process based on the social studies curriculum and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Their culminating project will be an archeological portfolio demonstrating their findings.
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