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Teaching Kits

As an educational museum, the Museum of Anthropology has developed a series of supplemental teaching trunks complete with artifacts and lesson plans that meet the Utah State Board of Education Core Curriculum standards. These kits can be used by teachers, families and community groups to help inspire curiosity, discovery and learning. Our docents also take the trunks into the community for outreach programs. Please contact us for more details if you are interested in borrowing a trunk or hosting a program on one of our six trunk themes: Great Basin Archaeology, African Culture, Egyptian Civilization, World Music, Ancient Civilizations of Central and South America, and American Weavings.

Information about the resources found in each trunk is listed below. Our brochure may also be downloaded HERE.

The trunks have been redesigned in 2013 with generous grant funding from the Utah Humanities Council. Previous support for the teaching trunks was made possible by a grant from Utah Arts and Museums.
 
 
Teaching Trunk Topics:


Great Basin Archaeology
     Our newly rehabilitated Great Basin Archaeology teaching trunk, which complements the Museum’s four exhibit displays on prehistoric life in the Great Basin and Utah, features a wide array of hands-on learning materials that highlight the lifeways of some of our region’s earliest inhabitants. The trunk includes replica projectile point, foodstuff, and pottery displays; a basketry technique display; a portable metate and mano; faunal and botanical remains comparison cards; and a wide variety of books that bring to life the experiences of the Shoshone and Fremont peoples. Two lesson plan binders feature fun, hands-on learning activities that meet state or national curriculum standards for all grades.


Sample Lesson Plans:
Great Basin Teaching Packet
This packet contains one lesson for each grade level from K-6 on the following topics of Paleoindians, Hunter-Gatherers, Fremont Culture, Native Tribes of Utah, and Utah at European Contact (Mountain Men, Pioneers, and the U.S. Government).




Africa
n Culture     This trunk explores African history, music, and culture, with an emphasis on folklore traditions. The trunk includes: several new DVD documentaries, story and craft activity books, a beautifully crafted mini wood drum, Akan wood mask, wood fertility doll statuette, "Design your own African Masks" activity materials, African animal figurines, and photo teaching cards that illustrate Africa's vibrant material culture. Two lesson plan binders feature fun, hands-on learning activities that meet state or national curriculum standards.


Sample Lesson Plans:
African History Teaching Packet
This packet contains one lesson plan for each grade level from K-6 on the following African History topics: Human Origins, Medieval Africa, African Slavery, Anti Colonialism and Reconstruction (19th to mid 20th Centuries), and Post Independence.

1st Grade: Lesson Plan for the book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

4th Grade: Lesson Plan on African Cinderella Stories

6th Grade: Lesson Plan on South Africa




Egypt
ian Civilization     Our Egyptian Civilization teaching trunk complements the Museum’s Death on the Nile: Afterlife in Egypt’s New Kingdom exhibit, and features a wonderful assortment of replica artifacts that bring to Ancient Egypt to life, including: a mini Rosetta Stone; sarcophagi; canopic jars; and several figurines and statuettes. Students can learn about the mummification process with our "Mummify an Apple” activity, and learn to write their name in hieroglyphics. The trunk also contains a variety of engaging books, DVD documentaries, and games for use in the classroom. Two lesson plan binders feature fun, hands-on learning activities that meet state or national curriculum standards.


Sample Lesson Plans:
Egypt Teaching Packet
This packet contains one lesson plan for each grade level from K-6 on the following topics: Mummifying an Apple, Egyptian Mythology, Linguistics, Egyptian History, and Life on the Nile.


K-3rd Grade: Egyptian Geography

4th Grade: Ancient Egypt

5th Grade: History of Slavery

6th Grade: Ancient Egypt

7th Grade: Ancient Egyptian Writing

8th Grade: Building Pyramids




World Music    This trunk is ideal for all ages and surveys musical instruments and traditions from around the world. The trunk boasts a fantastic collection of Smithsonian Folkways musical compilations from Australia, Jamaica, and Africa, along with accompanying lesson plans. The trunk features a variety of fun instruments that students can handle and play, including: a thumb piano; bullroarer; bamboo guiro and shaker; tambourine; maracas; an African style Djembe; a bamboo rainstick; Andean panpipe; colorful rhythm sticks; and Peruvian ocarina. Books explore ethnomusicology, percussion instruments from around the world, the Ukulele, and ancient Mexican myths regarding the origins of music. Two lesson plan binders feature fun, hands-on learning activities that meet state or national curriculum standards.




Ancient Civilizations of Central and South America
     This teaching trunk, suitable for all ages, explores the ancient civilizations of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya. The trunk includes CDs that allow students to experience traditional music while engaging with musical instruments, such as rhythm sticks and cymbals, to develop fine arts skills. Books highlight the geography, history, and language of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya. Two replica Mayan ceramic vases and gold statues bring to life material culture, and DVD documentaries explore Inca mummies and the lost kingdom of the Maya. Students can learn how to make traditional musical instruments, count with a quipu, and more. Lesson plan binders feature hands-on learning activities that meet state or national standards.


Sample Lesson Plans:
2nd Grade: Aztec Music

5th Grade: Masks of the Inca

6-8th Grade: PE Ancient Latin American Games

9th Grade: Ancient Mesoamerican Geography




American Weavings
   
Ideal for students of all ages, this trunk highlights principles of folklore through an understanding of how folkloric figures and themes are woven into Navajo and Peruvian textiles, and how stories and history were transmitted through quilts constructed by slaves in early America. The trunk features beautifully illustrated books on early European, African, and Native American textile traditions, accompanied by DVD documentaries such as PBS’ award-winning Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, A Century of Quilts, Navajo Weaving, and Lakota Quillwork. Students can learn basic principles behind textile production by dyeing their own wool, examining quillwork materials, and understanding how silk is produced. A Navajo saddle blanket, assorted fur pieces, and colorful quilting squares provide an additional dimension to hands-on learning. A lesson plan binder features a variety of learning activities that assist in meeting state or national standards.
 
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