Many engaging classroom activities are fun, but are they content-strong? Do they encourage skills practice that will help students learn at a higher level? Can they involve critical thinking or analysis skills that will foster continued growth in the student's academic career?
Here's my simple How-To for making an Archeology Dig content-strong!
First off, you must create and set up the archeology dig! Here's a how-to for that easy task!
Next, you need to make sure it has the content and the depth of learning for your students.
Here's how to:
- Start off with resources that encourage critical thinking or analysis.
- Do not allow students to simply copy facts or not what they see. Require further analysis on all materials examined.
- Encourage the use of a graphic organizer to categorize content or prioritize information.
- Allow student discussion of topics and provide additional resources or tools for further investigation.
- Tie content back to previous lessons and require students reference those lessons in current tasks, restating content.
- Include wrap-up questions and review the dig activity with a whole-class discussion.
- Assign application activities that require higher-order thinking and the deeper use of the content collected in the activity.
- Encourage student review and reporting of information collected. Reinforce the content through quizzes or other assessments that utilize the activity materials.
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