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The Big Dig: Studying Archaeology at St. Paul’s

11/10/2016
Shovels, measuring sticks, and string - these were some of the tools brought to the beach last Thursday by the sixth grade.

Shovels, measuring sticks, and string - these were some of the tools brought to the beach last Thursday by the sixth grade. It’s time for the Big Dig, an important project sixth graders have been doing each year for over a decade.
 
 
 
In sixth grade, social studies center around the study of ancient civilizations and archaeology. The overarching goal is for students to understand how civilizations develop, what culture is, what different ancient cultures were like, and how those cultures interacted and influenced each other. One of the units is specifically geared to give students an opportunity to understand how archaeologists use artifacts as clues to understand ancient civilizations and how archaeologists frequently make educated guesses about their findings.
 
The Big Dig is an example of a lesson that has persevered over time, allowing alumni to reminisce or compare experiences with current students, but they are never static. The faculty is always striving to ensure the “why” behind projects stays relevant to both the academic and social lives of students. Student learning and engagement at St. Paul’s continues to be meaningful, dynamic, and engaging.