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ERIC Number: EJ775446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Connections to the Past: Creating Time Detectives with Archaelogy
Gandy, S. Kay
Social Education, v71 n5 p267-271 Sep 2007
The fascination with buried treasures and lost civilizations transcends all ages and serves as an effective magnet for drawing students toward the study of archaeology. Connecting students to the past gives them a better understanding of their own present and future. In this article, the author describes how the scientific method of investigation that is part of archaeological research advances skills development in the classroom, and offers suggestions for incorporating archaeology into social studies lessons. Involving students in research and application through the lens of archaeology not only promotes the development of scientific skills, but also provides a forum for cross-curricula integration. Furthermore, through the development of archaeological skills, students can become "time detectives" and may also become more sensitive to the importance of preservation. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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