Last Friday, we held our first workshop on the new Common
Core State Standards. We were able to showcase some of our favorite lessons in
our curriculums as well as talk about how we (our attending teachers included!)
can achieve these new standards using archaeological curriculums. For those who
missed it, here are some highlights from the day.
- Urge students to think critically about what is heard and read.
- Teach them to support arguments with specific and relevant data.
- Have them use technology to help support and convey main points.
- Get students to focus on “information texts” as well as literature.
Check out our great curriculums: Timucuan Technology, about the biotechnology and archaeology of one of Florida's first peoples aimed at middle school grades, and Coquina Queries, an investigation of Florida's history through an important building material: coquina rock, aimed at grades 4-5.
We also love Project Archaeology, a national curriculum aimed at grades 3-5. We've localized their Investigating Shelter lessons to focus on Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville.
(While all of these curriculum are aimed at specific grades, you can easily teach them up or down for any level!)