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Here are some lesson plans related to this conference:
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists In these lessons, students use the methods of archeologists to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting (Grades 4-8).
Native American Dolls Students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian, drawing connections between the objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments (Grades 4-8).
Perfectly Suited: Clothing and Social Change in America Students consider the connections between clothing and society, both past and present. The focus is on the nineteenth century (Grades 4-8).
Introduction to the Nature Journal Students exercise the observation skills that are essential to writing, visual art, and science.
Under the Spell of Spiders These lesson plans examine the important roles of that spiders play in the environment.
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