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Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past by Richard Panchyk (2001). Although the topical focus of this book is Old World archaeology and the high civilizations of the world, it does contain some very germane chapters on how archaeology works and historical archaeology are germane. There are 25 great activities: including examining the way artifacts decay, creating a classic car classification system (typology), and exploring underwater archaeology. ISBN 1-55652-395-5. 146 p. Grade: elementary and middle school. Cost: $14.95.

Behringer-Crawford Museum Loan Cases. On and off site tours and programs available. Portable suitcase exhibits with manuals that suggest activities and provide visual aids. Available for $25 with a $75 refundable security deposit. Covington, KY, 41012. Phone 859/491-4003.

Culture History of Kentucky Coloring Book by Virginia G. Smith (1993). Line drawings of Indians at work and of the items they used in daily life throughout the 12,000 years of Kentucky prehistory. Available from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, 1020-A Export Street, Lexington, KY, 40506-9854. 31 p. Grade: K-6. Cost: $0.50 for single copies; less for multiple copies. Contact Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator.

Daniel Boone National Forest's Education Resource Boxes. They contain artifacts, books, videos, lists of accessible resources, and teaching/assessment strategies for teachers. Write Frank Bodkin, Cumberland Ranger District, 2375 KY 801 South, Morehead, KY, 40351 or call 606/784-6428 for more information.

Discover Kentucky People From Prehistoric Times to 1917 by Vicky Middleswarth (1990). A Kentucky Historical Society Museum Activity Book, providing activities and illustrations of people in period dress. Available from the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY, 40601. Phone 502/564-1792 or 1-877-4HISTORY. 32 p. Cost: $3.00.

Documentary Inquiries In Historic Archaeology Using information from primary sources (land records, maps, wills, estate inventories, deeds, newspapers) that are reproduced or transcribed from the original documents, students are asked to serve as historians, making inferences and drawing conclusions about the people, their land, and their way of life based on the documents. Available from Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator

No. 1:The Sully Plantation by Martha R. Williams (12 p.)
No. 2:The Dulin Family by Martha R. Williams (12 p.)
No. 3:Farm life in Nineteenth Century Fairfax County, Virginia by Jack L. Hiller and Martha R. Williams (28 p.)

Kentucky Festivals: Resources and Activities for Kids This site offers unique and creative activities educators can use to encourage their students to go explore and learn at any of Kentucky’s many local community festivals.

"How Much Do You Know About Prehistory and Archaeology" Quiz. This activity, in True-False format, takes a direct approach to dispelling myths and attacking stereotypes about American Indians and archaeology in 20 questions. Available from the Network Coordinator. 6 p. Grade: 4-12. Cost: Free. Parts of this quiz are also accessible in an interactive format on this web page. My Backyard History Book by David Weitzman (1975). Local history book for kids demonstrating that learning about the past can begin at home. Contains activities and projects such as family genealogy, timeline, building family archives, oral history, material culture, cemeteries, old-time music, built environment, using maps. Brown Paper School Series, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA. 128 p.

Pop Pedagogy: Looking at the Coke Bottle by Craig Gilborn (1968). Museum News, December 1968. Uses the Coke bottle as the focus for an activity that introduces students to the study of objects (description, classification, and interpretation) and the information they contain. Copy available from Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator. 7 p.

Retracing History: The Great Baltimore Brewery Excavations: From Cask to Casket by Louise Akerson. Baltimore Center for Urban Archaeology (n.d.). Though keyed to be used before and during a visit to the Baltimore Center, this teacher prep packet includes an excellent problem-solving activity using a series of historic maps of the excavation area and archival data about the locale. Available from Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator 29 p.

Social Studies and the Young Learner: A Quarterly for Creative Teaching in Grades K-6, Vol 7(2), November/December 1994 provides two excellent activities involving the study of historic objects. In "A Pocketful of History" by Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo, students examine the things found in the pockets of famous or significant people in history and in so doing, learn about content, context, and chronology. Several examples are given, including Abraham Lincoln, Chief Seattle, and Grandma Moses. In "Buttoning Up: A Hands-on History Lesson Using Everyday Objects to Teach About Historical Change" by Audrey C. Rule and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, a button collection is used to examine historical change. Classification, observation, and inference are some of the skills students use in this activity. A good bibliography on button classification and a key for button classification are included. Copies available from Gwynn Henderson, KAS Educational Coordinator.

William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology Loan Cases. The Museum has a series of Artifact Loan Cases for use by teachers and school groups in Fayette County and nearby counties. The cases are sturdy aluminum suitcases containing sets of authentic prehistoric Kentucky American Indian artifacts selected from the Museum's collections (chipped stone tools like spearpoints, scrapers, drills; groundstone tools like axes, and mortar and pestle; pottery fragments, and bone tools). Each case also contains a comprehensive Teacher's Guide with descriptions of the materials, manufacture and use of each artifact, plus additional information about the customs, games, foods, houses, and folklore of Kentucky's first peoples. Suggestions are made for group and individual activities to prepare a class for a field trip to the Museum. A set of 35mm color slides, "What is a Museum?", is enclosed with a written script that discusses how museums educate us about our heritage. Call 859/257-8208 or write W. S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, 201 Lafferty Hall, University


Last Updated 2/20/2010