Before You Go
Research shows student learning benefits from pre-visits* or other similar preparatory activities prior to field trips or visits to outdoor classroom settings. This page highlights selected content, lessons, and online materials we recommend for teachers and students to watch, read, do, or review Before You Go!
Whether you have half an hour or half a day, we encourage teachers and students to take some time to:
WATCH...one or two short videos and preview our LAW Demonstrators
EXPLORE…our lesson plans
READ… together an article or story
REVIEW…some words in a glossary
This preparation will ensure that students get the most out of their visit to Gladie Creek and Living Archaeology Weekend.
*Unfortunately, since 2012, dwindling resources have prevented LAW Steering Committee Members from continuing to make pre-visits to classrooms.
Lesson 2 - Chronology: The Time of My Life
Go to our student resources, educator resources, or explore all of our educational materials. Here are just a few of our suggestions:
In this lesson, students compare and contrast personal timelines with the chronological information contained in a stratified archaeological site. They also consider how vandalism and looting impact archaeological sites and our understanding of the past.
Red River Gorge: A World Hearth of Plant Domestication
Print out this poster, which summarizes and illustrates the native plants (eg., sunflower, and goosefoot) domesticated in the Red River Gorge by prehistoric American Indians. Compare these to the plants we grow today.
READ & REVIEW
Read and discuss our content with your students. Below are just a few recommendations:
Red River Gorge: An Archaeological Story
Help students learn new facts about the Red River Gorge.
Educator Preparation: Read "Living in the Red River Gorge: An Archaeological Story" and "A Word About the National Register of Historic Places and the Red River Gorge". Then, share interesting facts with your students.
Student Reading: Ask students to take turns reading sections of "Stories From Dry Places: The Red River Gorge's Prehistoric Rockshelters"** aloud to learn more about the region's unique prehistoric period archaeological sites.
Materials written for educator audience:
Living in the Red River Gorge: An Archaeological Story [pdf]
A Word About the National Register of Historic Places and the Red River Gorge [pdf]
Materials written for fifth-grade readers:
Frontier Life vs. Today
Learn about how pioneer life was similar and different from our lives today.
Read "A Word About Longhunters" (or one of our other "Abouts) to your class
Review selected vocabulary words from the LAW Glossary
Have students ask questions at the Long Hunter Demonstration
A Word About Longhunters [pdf]
Living Archaeology Weekend Glossary [webpage]
American Indian Stories
Discuss the settings, characters, main problem, solution, and moral to different American Indian stories
Have students read the Cherokee story "The Legend of the Keetoowah Cherokee Cornhusk Doll and the Shawnee story "Why the Deer Has a Short Tail."
Discuss in class
The Legend of the Keetoowah Cherokee Cornhusk Doll [pdf], source: United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma
Why the Deer has a Short Tail [pdf], reproduced from the Journal of American Folklore
LAW educational materials may be downloaded and reproduced for educational purposes. Unless otherwise noted, all educational materials are copyrighted by the Living Archaeology Weekend Steering Committee