Cemeteries as Science Labsby: Linda M. Easley

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Cemeteries can be outdoor museums, teeming with valuable information that tells a story. They provide archaeologists with an opportunity to examine how artifacts (tombstones and monuments) reflect cultural change and how societies differ from one another. A trip to a local cemetery can also be an opportunity to engage students in real-world science, emphasizing the process and nature of science. This activity helps students to gain an understanding of scientific inquiry using different types of investigations.

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  • on Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:28 PM

This is a fascinating article and an activity that sound very interesting to do with students. I never considered using a local cemetery as an observation station for weathering and geology study, but of course, why not? And the added lab has students exploring the effect of acid rain on minerals--very fun and creative. I look forward to trying this out.

Laura Jones  (Herndon, VA)
Laura Jones (Herndon, VA)

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