Human Osteology

Hi everyone, I hope you have enjoyed reading the lesson plans. This concludes the work we did during the fall semester of 2014. See you in the spring! Week 9: Human Osteology Activity: Smithsonian’s Skeleton in the Cellar Topic: Human Osteology As we learned last week, our bones can tell a story about our lives. … Continue reading “Human Osteology”

Comparative Osteology

Activity: Cranial Comparison Topic: Comparative Osteology Physical anthropologists rely on osteology, or the scientific study of bones, to identify individual species, learn about the lives of an individual, or even to identify ancient illnesses (aka paleopathology). The skeletal features of bones reflect the life histories of individuals, and trained osteologists can use those features to … Continue reading “Comparative Osteology”

Human Variation

Week 6: Human Variation Activity: Mendelian Genetics Topic: Human Variation The notion of “race” is a social, rather than biological construct. Historically, race has been used as a tool of instituting social inequality and prejudice. Anthropologists do not accept ‘race’ as a valid concept for a number of reasons, but chief among is the fact … Continue reading “Human Variation”

Primates and Diet

Hello everybody, The next several posts will include the lesson plans we used for the UA partnership with the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. This semester the classes were taught by Taylor Burbach, Meghan Steel, and Erica Schumann, with the direction of graduate student Greg Batchelder. Enjoy! Week 5: Primates and Diet Topic: Primate Diet One of … Continue reading “Primates and Diet”

Museums and Anthropology

Hello everybody, The next several posts will include the lesson plans we used for the UA partnership with the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. This semester the classes were taught by Taylor Burbach, Meghan Steel, and Erica Schumann, with the direction of graduate student Greg Batchelder. Enjoy! Week 3: Museums and Anthropology Activity: Curating an Artifact Discussion: … Continue reading “Museums and Anthropology”

Garbology and Archaeology

Week 3: Introduction to Archaeology Activity: Garbology Discussion: Introduction to Archaeology Review Cultural anthropology- study of modern humans Archaeology Archaeology: the branch of anthropology that studies humans who lived in the past through their material remains. how we learn about the past prehistory/history Artifact: any item that was made by a human What do archaeologists … Continue reading “Garbology and Archaeology”

Becoming Ethnographers

Hello everybody, The next several posts will include the lesson plans we used for the UA partnership with the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. This semester the classes were taught by Taylor Burbach, Meghan Steel, and Erica Schumann, with the direction of graduate student Greg Batchelder. Enjoy! Week 2: Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography Activity: Becoming Ethnographers Discussion: … Continue reading “Becoming Ethnographers”

Lesson Plans from the UA Partnership

Hello everybody, The next several posts will include the lesson plans we used for the UA partnership with the Tuscaloosa Magnet School. This semester the classes were taught by Taylor Burbach, Meghan Steel, and Erica Schumann, with the direction of graduate student Greg Batchelder. Enjoy! Week 1: Anthropology and Social Organization Activity: Creating a Clan … Continue reading “Lesson Plans from the UA Partnership”