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: 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.



Prepare for your visit to Living Archaeology Weekend by watching the short videos below.



Preview our demonstrators by heading to our Meet the Demonstrators page. 



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. 

Chronology Lesson [pdf]

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. 

Plant Domestication Poster [pdf]

Lesson Plans
Drawing of stratigraphic profile with artifacts



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

Find out more about the Living Archaeology Weekend Program

See our mission, objectives, and program and educational goals

Learn more about the organizations that plan the LAW event

Come visit us at the Gladie Center in September