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Re: Anthropology for Grade 1

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  • tadmci
    Thanks for the link, Ann. I had wondered if there was a site somewhere with ideas. I think I can modify some of the suggestions and activities in those books
    Message 1 of 10 , Oct 19, 2010
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      Thanks for the link, Ann. I had wondered if there was a site somewhere with ideas. I think I can modify some of the suggestions and activities in those books for a focus on cultural anthropology.

      And, thanks Brian, for your follow-up post.

      Tad

      --- In SACC-L@yahoogroups.com, "Kaupp, Ann" <kauppa@...> wrote:
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      > http://projectarchaeology.org/HowitWorksPubs.html
      >
      > Project Archaeology's publication Intrigue of the Past has many fun activities to introduce students to archaeology. I think appropriate for all ages.
      >
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      > From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lynch, Brian M
      > Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:34 AM
      > To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Re: Anthropology for Grade 1
      >
      >
      >
      > Besides a collection of shards (not sharp enough to hurt anyone), pieces
      > of broken cups (probably early 20th century chinaware) old bones
      > (animal) arrowheads etc. I have also included 'artifacts' of more
      > recent people, including some small musical instruments that are not so
      > obvious as to their use, old coins, and once in a while even things that
      > a current day 'garbologist' might find from the middens of our own era.
      >
      > From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf
      > Of tadmci
      > Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:59 AM
      > To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: [SACC-L] Re: Anthropology for Grade 1
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      > Brian ... this is very helpful. And, I think your approach will be quite
      > useful. Almost to a person, I'm being told to take things the kids can
      > touch. I will do that. And, the idea of a mysterious box with things to
      > take out of it should build the suspense appropriately. Thanks again ...
      > Tad
      >
      > --- In SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> ,
      > "Lynch, Brian M" <blynch@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I think a good lecture on post-post modernism would do the trick. ;)
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > One approach that I've used with different age groups (other than a
      > > lecture on post-post modernism) is to bring a box of stuff (the State
      > > archaeologist was very helpful, actually loaning a whole such box,
      > > things that were given to him by enthusiastic amateurs, who took plate
      > > shards, arrowheads, etc. totally out of situ; basically it was a box
      > of
      > > stuff that was useless to a trained archaeologist). Allowing the class
      > > to handle it all, and then to talk about where they thought it came
      > > from, who made it, what it was used for etc. gave openings to talk
      > about
      > > what an anthropologist does in general. I am not an archaeologist
      > > myself, so I don't do this to introduce archaeology per se, but
      > instead
      > > to generate discussions with a class about things like culture, "other
      > > people's ways," how to figure out the meaning of .... Etc.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Brian
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com>
      > [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> ] On
      > Behalf
      > > Of Bob Muckle
      > > Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 7:24 PM
      > > To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com<mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:SACC-L%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Anthropology for Grade 1
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > I've spoken to lots of young elementary school kids about
      > anthropology.
      > > I even had a group of pre-schooler's (age 3 and 4) for an hour before
      > > (all they wanted to talk about was dinosaurs though; fortunately I had
      > > brought a mammoth tusk with me).
      > >
      > > I think that as long as you had photos and/or things you could
      > enthrall
      > > those youngsters with your work with contemporary First Nations Tad.
      > If
      > > you don't have "things" and don't want to use any of my bones or
      > > artifact collections, I also have some ethnographic things given to me
      > > that you can borrow (eg. button blanket, birch bark basket, woven
      > cedar
      > > baskets). You could even consider showing them how to make hot
      > chocolate
      > > using a woven basket with hot rocks.
      > >
      > > Bob
      > >
      > > >>> "tadmci" <tadm@ <mailto:tadm%40shaw.ca> > 10/18/2010 4:08 PM
      > > >>>
      > > Hello all,
      > >
      > > I've been asked by my son's grade 1 class to speak about what an
      > > anthropologist does. I'm intimidated! Has anyone spoken to young
      > > elementary school children before about the job of an anthropologist?
      > >
      > > As a cultural anthropologist, I'm reluctant to borrow my colleagues
      > > casts of Homo erectus and habilis. Projectile points don't seem to be
      > > the best idea with grade 1s, and I'm not overly
      > > archaeologically-inclined (unless Bob's in the room). A lecture on
      > > cultural relativity or structuralism seems unnecessary and, perhaps,
      > > overstimulating at this age. (I'm kidding!)
      > >
      > > Any suggestions? (And despite the helpful tips for speaking about
      > > anthropology at the high school level in the recent Anthropology News,
      > I
      > > didn't see any tips there for my adventures in Grade 1.)
      > >
      > > Thanks for any thoughts,
      > >
      > > Tad McIlwraith
      > > Anthropology, Douglas College
      > >
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