Third Grade

Archeology and Native American Study

The 3rd graders  immersed themselves in the inquiries: “What is archaeology and what does an archaeologist do?” Students used the lens of archaeology to learn about the history of our country’s native peoples. Through this study, students applied scientific concepts to their own lives, and practiced using terms such as observation, inference, evidence, classification, category and context. As a culminating project, the class created an exhibit about dwellings for Portland State University’s Archaeology Roadshow last spring.

Archeology Roadshow at PSU June 2016

They presented alongside scientists, professionals and other experts. To prepare for this task, students visited the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about local archaeology, they hosted a curator from the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History who gave them a great introduction to artifacts, and they went on a very special “behind the scenes” tour at OMSI to learn how to make engaging exhibits. The 3rd graders showed their exhibit at the PSU roadshow on Saturday, June 4th, 2016.

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Third Grade Class at The Oregon Historical Society
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Sitting around the fire
3rd Grade Class at OMSI
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Building a longhouse

Click here to check out some more information on their project:

Making Archaeology Accessible to Elementary Students

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