Archeology Week (Ages 6-9) - DAY 1, Monday

Welcome to Archaeology week! We will spend this week uncovering what life on earth was like millions of years ago and discover intriguing artifacts that have been hidden for hundreds of years. We will explore dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, early humans, and the job of an archaeologist during this fun-filled week. Be sure to come back to the site each day for new content.

Here is our Zoom meeting link:

Meeting ID: 714 8775 6107

Passcode: 0ixHcL

Today is Monday, July 27

The resources for today are posted below.

What is Archaeology?

Use this website to explore more about archaeology and explore what it would be like to be an archaeologist. Play games, read stories, and find cool activities to discover more about life long ago!

Keep coming back to this site all week to try more activities! There is a lot to explore.

What Tools do Archaeologists use? How do they use them?

Why don't archaeologists use big tools like bulldozers? Why is it important to use tools the right way? Find out the answers in this video.

What do Archaeologists do once they have dug up an artifact?

Watch this video to see what happens back in the lab.

Here are the pages from today's read-aloud: The Fossil Girl.

The Fossil Girl
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Museum in your House!

After you have done your craft for today (Play-doh fossils), use your fossils and other things you find to set up a museum in your house!

You Will Need:

  • Playdoh fossils, cool rocks or mysterious objects from your yard, objects from your house

  • Small pieces of paper and a writing tool

  • Clear plastic or glass cups (optional)


  • First, examine each of your artifacts or fossils. What would you call it? What does it look like? What is it made out of? What do you think it is used for? What do you want other people to know about it?

  • Next, write a label for each fossil or artifact. Your label should have a title and a description. See the picture for an example of Ms. Julia's artifact label.

  • Lay your artifacts and fossils out on the table with their labels right in front of them.

  • If you want, you can place a clear cup over the artifact or fossil to keep it safe, just like museums often have their pieces behind pieces of glass.

  • Invite your family to visit your museum! Have them walk around and look at everything. Ask them what they see and notice. Remind them not to touch the exhibit!

  • Have fun!

Today's craft is Play Dough Fossils!

Note: The impressions turn out better when your play dough is not too warm. (This makes it sticky.) Try leaving your play dough in the bag in the fridge for 10 minutes or so before using it.

Once the glue has dried, you can (carefully and gently!) pull out the glue shapes from the play dough. Give them a rinse under some lukewarm water and then you'll have made positive castings of your fossilized creatures just like a paleontologist!

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