Overview and Objectives:
Students will embark on a webquest in teams. As archaeologists, they will dig deep to find out more about the cultures of the Aztec, Maya, and Anasazi.
Students embark on a webquest in teams in order to learn more about the field of archaeology.
Students assume the role of archeologists exploring in Central America in order to unearth and analyze clues to the past. They take part in online and hands on activities and work in groups to successfully complete the quest.
Students record clues and methods used to interpret these clues; create graphic organizers to record pluses and pitfalls of being archaeologists.
This theme lesson includes lesson plans and original ideas to help student archaeologists discover the secrets and culture of the Aztec, Maya, and Anasazi. Directions are included for a fossil dig on the school grounds, websites to visit, and an original graphic organizer.
Student teams take digital photos and create movies and ads while practicing cooperative learning skills. A bibliography is required and can be created on the Internet or in traditional manner.
This unit has been used successfully with fifth and sixth grade students.