D & T Activity Updated for 2016

New for 2016 – to see the older version with additional lesson details, please visit my post from last year.

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Before starting the activity, I set the stage that they are a group of archeologists and have discovered an ancient tablet at an archeological dig site. Unfortunately, the tablet is broken and as they excavate, they only find a few pieces at a time. What does the ancient table say? Scientists all over the world try to decipher the ancient text…


  • Original Worksheet: (pdf)
  • Worksheet to compare posters (Google Doc)
  • Words to cut apart (pdf) – this year I removed the word “bone” to change it up a little
  • construction paper
  • white paper cut into 1/4ths or small index cards
  • glue sticks
  • colored pencils

This year, I wanted to try something different for this lesson. Instead of seeing how close each group came to the original phrase that was on the “tablet”, I wanted each group to analyze the findings from the other groups to compare their findings and look for similarities and differences. This would be similar to a gallery walk (see video below) but without students explaining their posters, they would view posters at their own pace and choose any 3 posters to compare for each category.


Note – this lesson plan is a modification of the original lesson plan from The University of California Museum of Paleontology (link)


4 thoughts on “D & T Activity Updated for 2016

    • Liz LaRosa August 26, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      Thank you 🙂 You can message me on Twitter @MSScienceBlog


  1. Lisa Whitney September 9, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I did this yesterday with my 6th graders and it was fun to watch how different groups went about this activity and I loved seeing the different messages that they created! I love this blog and am so grateful as I am new to teaching 6th grade Science!

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    • Liz LaRosa September 10, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Good luck this year! Please feel free to use anything on my site,it is all free for teachers to use in their classrooms 🙂 Liz


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