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This reminds me a lot of the Magic Schoolbus books. It's got the main purpose of telling you about how archaeology works, but then has characters who have sort of their own muted plot line. And then there are other charts, graphs, and illustrations going on to teach you more.
This book provides an engaging and informative look at how archaeologists work, as a few schoolchildren work with an archaeologist named Sofie to look for artifacts in the remains of an Archaic-era settlement.I like how this book makes archaeology look exciting, but also focuses on the scientific processes involved -- writing things down, looking for even the tiniest artifacts (most finds don't seem all that glamorous), and keeping track of where items are found. But when they put all the pieces...
I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I really liked it! It made me want to be an archaeologist by the time I was done reading it. As an adult, I definitely learned a lot, so I imagine for a kid it would be a great gateway into wanting to know more about archaeologists. I will be looking for more books in this series. Truly great quality for youth nonfiction.
1. Kate Duke Teaches us what archaeologist do and how they are like time detectives. She shows us what fossils look like and how they can be mistaken for a rock. She show how archaeologist use clues they dig up to find things out about the past.2. Grades K-23. I would use this book when talking about history and dinosaurs and ancient civilizations.4. Students who like dinosaurs would have fun reading this book.5. I would let kids read this book and talk about their favorite dinosaur.6. I would r...
Whoa whoa whoa whoa! This picture book was engaging and fun to read but REALLY taught some solid concepts and terms. I learned something. My kids went out and dug in the yard and made inferences about what the different artifacts might mean about who lived there. I was skeptical of the curriculum that recommended this book because I knew that reading stories was good, but how much could they actually learn academically. A LOT! And yet they were fascinated. It had a lot of info but didn’t feel de...
I think this book is under-rated on Goodreads. No, it is not a literary work of art, but it simplifies and explains the scientific process and study of ancient civilizations in such a way that even very young children can get an understanding of this important profession and how it has shaped our perspective of the past. We are just kicking off our year plus long study of ancient civilizations - this was a perfect place to start and I'm sure that we will reference and/or return to this book over...
I absolutely adored this book. It kept my children's interest, the illustrations are colorful and informative in a kid friendly way. My youngest adores primitively history so she was completely absorbed, and my youngest son kept asking questions and wanted to learn more. I'm very very happy with it.
I love this book on archaeology. It had a slightly Magic School Bus feel and a delightful little dog that popped up on almost every page. My third graders enjoyed learning about archaeology this year and I hope to have one invite me on a dig when they grow up to be archaeologists and paleontologists!
This was part of BYL1...I'm not sure why I didn't review it in the fall when we read it. From what I recall, there was a lot of good information about how excavations happen and more importantly WHY they do what they do. Keep track of what is found and exactly where - helps you put the whole story together.
Loved this book...also enjoyed because it did not go into millions and millions...just a lovely book about an interesting topic for a 5 year old (and also kept the interest of my 3 year old as well!)
This is an excellent nonfiction book for kids. My kindergartener had me read it to her several times, and my 3rd grader happily snapped it up to re-read it even though we had read it a couple of years ago. Highly recommended for all young scientists and people who like to dig in the dirt.
Great introduction to archaeology for young children.
Read to Lydia (6) for her history home school as supplement literature thinking about how we learn history and how historians write history.
Over all a good book and Sophie got excited and now wants to become an archaeologist(well to find treasures) I didn't like some of the kids bubble comments through the story.
A surprise hit! Has asked this book to be read almost every day since we got it from the library!
Explains the tasks and methods of archaeology in a magic school bus like format and had my boy interested again discovering fossils and human artifacts.
Riddled with evolutionary teaching.
My kids really enjoyed this book and it gave a great overview of how archaeologists work.
Great for understanding what archaeologists do. Ages 5+
Rounded out our archaeology and intro to early ancient history studies in a fun way for my 7-year old.
It's really tough to read a book written for kids in your area of specialization and not quibble over details. This book, the archaeology-specific entry in the "Let's Read and Find Out Science" series, is a nice introduction for early elementary school readers (e.g., maybe advanced first- or second-grade readers) and is effective in introducing this admittedly jargon-laden subject through an effective combination of word and image. Archaeologists Dig for Clues was largely successful, is a book I...
Another great find from the "Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science Book" series. Three kids go on a dig with an archeologist and find out how it all works. Everything from how they lay out a string grid to keep track of where they find things to the names for different types of finds, like artifacts (things made by people) and features (places made by people, like roads and houses). From the dig, they follow the archeologist to the lab and meet all the other scientists who help figure out what the clu...
This is the best book I've seen for children about archaeology! I am a professional archaeologist and this book covers ALL the misconceptions about what archaeologists really do while still making it sound like we have fun. The story is great at keeping kids entertained and depicts how archaeology really works covering all the steps from survey through excavation and analysis. Additionally, this book is written in layers. By this I mean that there is the primary narration which is great on its o...
An excellent introduction to archeology which provides insight into how history is developed. This book takes students through an imaginary archeological dig showing them not only what is discovered, but how painstakingly excavation, preservation, cataloging, drawing and analysis really can be. Some parents will be a bit uncomfortable with the sections on dating as I was. And while I found the sarcastic little dog that appears on each page annoying, my student always wanted to know "what's he sa...
This introduction to the work of archaeologists works from the premise of a group of children having been given the opportunity to participate in a local dig. Some of the material was a little advanced for my preschooler, and I would rate it as more appropriate for the young elementary set. But even with some of the information and terminology going well over his head, my son enjoyed the story, especially the part where they find a skeleton. Another nice feature of this book is its quiet modelin...
Excellent introduction into archaeology for my 1st grader. We learned several interesting facts. My son enjoyed the little word bubbles which gave personality to the characters. This book is a great balance of solid information without seeming like an encyclopedia. As is so common in this age group, a re-read was more enjoyable than the first time through. It's a keeper for when my younger children progress through this material.
This was a read-aloud for the first grader and I summarized and dramatized it for the Kindergartner. There was a lot of really good information in here, much of which requires more than one read-through, since it's in sidebars, illustrations, and conversation bubbles. The Kindergartner was a little freaked out by the skeleton, but we had a discussion on what skeletons actually were, and that seemed to fix the problem. Overall, a really good peek into what archaeologists do. Highly recommended.
This is a good book for explaining the process of an archaeologist and the methods for looking for things, but it follows a specific dig. It wouldn't be good to show different kinds of digs and I don't know if there would be different methods for different kinds of digs. This book was more culturally oriented as apposed to prehistoric life oriented.
This is a really great simple & well illustrated book on archaeology. My 6 yo has been looking at it over & over & my 4 yo enjoys it & sits through it as well. With our big interest of fossils and archaeology digs and our science museum it is probably a book that we should own...or at least check out again. Will have to look for other books in this collection.
Not really an easy reader, this book works well for early elementary students who are interested in the subject. The book set-up includes the main text, a comic-like sub-story and sidebars with additional facts.