Although teachers across the nation have been using Project Archaeology: Investigation Shelter (2009) lessons for nearly a decade, there has never been a regionally-specific curriculum for teachers in the Southern Plains. 2020 is the year for Oklahoma! With funding from the Bureau of Land Management and help from archaeologists and teachers, OKPAN is creating lessons and running pilot studies for an Investigating Shelters unit that is specific to Oklahoma panhandle prehistory.
Students will be able to examine primary sources, maps, artifacts, and archaeological features to explore details of prehistoric agriculture at a site in the state of Oklahoma. These lessons will be tied to Oklahoma's content standards and will include formative and summative assessments to check for understanding.
To hear updated information about our upcoming unit, please email OKArchaeology@gmail.com. If you're interested in using these kinds of lessons in your classroom before the Oklahoma unit is developed, you can purchase units from other geographic regions here.