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Buried in Ash

Viewing Ideas

Before Watching

  1. In this program, Dr. Voorhies makes inferences by looking at many pieces of evidence (data). To demonstrate this kind of thinking, have each student create a list of what is in her or his desk or locker. Mix up the lists (student names should not be apparent), and hand them out to different students. Then ask your students to make inferences (or guesses) about the person who made the list. Be sure they include the reasons why they came to their conclusions.

  2. Archeological techniques can be compared to constructing a puzzle. Divide your class into several groups. Give each group a number of pieces from a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces for each group should all fit together to make a small section of the whole puzzle. Before each group gets to see the other groups' attempts, ask them to describe their section of the puzzle and to use their portion to infer what the entire image might be. Then ask the class as a whole to determine what the entire puzzle looks like.

After Watching

  1. Challenge your students to piece together a set of bones and make guesses about what type of animal the bones belong to. After you have eaten a whole chicken or fish (or even a part of an animal, such as a turkey wing), boil the bones in water until most of the meat comes off (about 90 minutes). When the bones are cool, scrape off any extra meat with a knife and an old toothbrush. Let the bones dry thoroughly, preferably outdoors in the sun. (A chicken has 120 bones, but you will do well to retrieve 100 of them.) Ask your stu-dents to lay the bones out on a cloth and assemble the animal flat (three dimensional construction will be difficult without wire and glue). You may want to provide a diagram of the bones of a bird's body.

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Buried in Ash