Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Fun "Dig-Out"

We kicked off Story of the World with some great friends and an archaeological dig.   Or, "dig-out" as Sean likes to call it.  The night before, we read the introduction to SOTW and the book, Archaeologists Dig for Clues.  Sean was so excited about doing our own dig.   He got all of his tools together and packed his bag.  

In the morning we went to Amanda's house where she also had the book so
Sean got to hear it again with Ivy.  

Amanda had batter ready for them.
They looked through an artifact book and picked out some relics to shape into cookies.

These are bones.
Then they watched the Magic School Bus while Amanda I got got a quick visit.  :)
After the cookies came out, we were ready to head down to our site. 
Little archaeologists
 What we need to remember: there were ants everywhere and the poor children had to keep swatting them off their legs.  We said they are always going to remember when we forced them to dig in the dirt with all the ants (not red ants- no danger here!).  The kids were such troopers and they did a good job digging through to find artifacts left behind (by Amanda who buried them earlier!).

They put their "finds" into egg cartons to keep them organized.  

Mission accomplished.  Heading back up to clean their objects.
Ivy is cleaning her bottle with baby wipes.
Miss Hayley joined in.
We ran out of time to log our findings, so we finished the next day at home.

These are the tools he picked out to use for the dig.
 He made a grid with his ruler.  I had him pick out 4 things to record.  He drew a picture and wrote the name.  Then I asked him what the item told him about the people who left it behind and I wrote that part.

Finished work.  He had to have it on the clipboard. :)
Sean said his favorite part was "finding the items."  Apparently we have to set up more digs for him so he can show Luke how to do it.  It was great sharing this learning time with good friends!

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