Pot Sherd Activity

Provide each student with a paper plate. Have them color or decorate it any way they please. Once they are finished, they will cut the plate into several sections. Have the student try and put the plate back together. This is what an archaeologist does after they find pot sherds. Now, have the students give their plate to the person beside them and remove two pieces of the plate. Have the student try and put their new plate together.

Answer these questions:

  • How was it putting your own plate back together?
  • What happens when you get someone else’s plate?
  • How did you feel when pieces were removed?
  • How does this relate to what archaeologists do in the field?


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