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Archaeology: Standards

Idaho Common Core State Standards

Here are correlations to the National Common Core Language and Math standards and to the Idaho State Science Standards. If you'd like, you may go directly to the Idaho science standards for this topic. For more information about the overall standards, see the complete Idaho Content Standards for Science, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core Language standards, or the Common Core Math standards.


Second Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1d [CCSS page]

Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).

Suggested Lesson

Use verbs in the past tense that relate to archaeology. Discuss correct verb forms. Examples: I dug up a bone. I digged up a bone. The person fell into the mud. The person falled into the mud. Which are correct?

Fourth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 [CCSS page]

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Suggested Lesson

Using a real archaeological discovery, write a description as if you were the person who came upon it. How did you find it, what did you do next, what did it look like, etc. Consider a mummy tomb, an ancient civilization dig, or an historic site as your discovery.

Sixth Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4 [CCSS page]

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

Suggested Lesson

Read Bodies from the Bog by James M. Deem and determine the new terms and vocabulary you encounter during your reading. Create a glossary of your own for the book.


Fourth Grade

CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.2 [CCSS page]

Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.

Suggested Lesson

Research the various ages of time in history — Stone Age, Iron Age, Renaissance, etc. — and create a timeline for them. Include how many years each lasted. Place them in chronological order.

Multiple Grades

Multiple geometry and measurement standards [CCSS page]

Suggested Lesson

Many groups of ancient people created images on the ground that, when seen from the air, demonstrate amazing accuracy, geometic knowledge and artistry. One example is the Nasca lines found in southern Peru — photos and information can be found at National Geographic and Museum of Unnatural Mystery. How did they do this? Create instructions to make a simple shape on the ground using angle measures, length of the sides, distances, etc. to give to a partner to follow. Stomp it out in the snow, lay string down or use paper to recreate the partner's instructions. Is it as easy or hard as you thought?

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