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Summer course helps teachers bring archaeology into the classroom

April 28, 2009

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A summer course from Montana State University will help elementary teachers use archaeology to engage their students in the scientific method, historical inquiry and civic discussion.

Students in "Project Archaeology: Investigating a Plains Tipi," will learn how to incorporate archaeology science into their classroom using a free curriculum guide from Project Archaeology. Teachers can use the guide to help students apply archaeological concepts using maps, artifact illustrations, historic photographs and oral histories. The activities can help fulfill core requirements in Indian Education for All, social studies, science, mathematics, language arts, and art.

The first session, which runs June 15-18, is based out of MSU's Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. MSU housing is available. The second session runs Aug. 17-20 and is based out of Livingston's Yellowstone Gateway Museum. Crystal Alegria of MSU's Project Archaeology is the instructor.

Participating teachers will earn two MSU graduate credits or 30 Office of Public Instruction renewal units.

For more information or to register, contact MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll-free) or visit http://eu.montana.edu/credit, where the course is listed under Education, Curriculum and Instruction as EDCI 580-50 and 580-51. The enrollment deadline is May 30 or when the enrollment cap of 20 students per course is met.

Janine Hansen, jhansen@montana.edu, (406) 994-5240