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Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality materials to assist you in teaching American history, including:

Discovering the Past Through ArchaeologyDISCOVERING THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
A Classroom Simulation

Discovering the Past Through Archaeology puts your students in the role of archaeologists. Working in cooperative groups, students analyze, identify, and classify artifacts to determine how each was used. The activities lead students to draw conclusions about the people who lived and worked on the archaeological site. Active learning at its best! Each Classroom Simulation kit includes: a modern mystery story that familiarizes students with archaeological methods, the excavation site reproduced on heavy card stock that can be arranged on student desks, reproduction artifacts (contents vary), directions for basic site investigation, and primary documents and sources. Teachers also receive: instructions for the archaeological activities, background information about archaeology, instructions for placing artifacts within the site, suggestions for adding additional artifacts, and extension activities. Grades 4-8. $99.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Soldier's HaversackSOLDIER'S HAVERSACK
Hands-On History Kit

A haversack is a stout canvas bag with a shoulder strap used to carry a soldier's rations and personal belongings. This Revolutionary War haversack carries a copy of the Virginia Gazette newspaper, a penny whistle, dice, a musket ball, flint and steel, a tin cup, a cockade, and playing cards. Grades 3–8. $99.00. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Downloadable American History
Lesson Plans from ABC-CLIO
and Colonial Williamsburg