Explorer West Program Update-Social Studies with Daniela Hall

Sixth Grade Social Studies

How do historians figure out what happened thousands of years ago?

How do archaeologists gather and use evidence?

In social studies, the sixth graders are deep into a "Mystery in the Alps" investigation, examining evidence surrounding the 1991 discovery of Ötzi the Iceman. Using information about artifacts and the death scene, students have been investigating this Neolithic mummy (the oldest mummy ever found!) and imagining potential death scenarios. Practicing their close reading and critical thinking skills, students learn how researchers put clues together to draw conclusions about history and historical events. In addition, students have been working on expository writing skills, writing and revising formal paragraphs on how GPS works and the discovery of Neanderthal remains found in Italy this past spring. 

If you want to learn more about the Iceman, you can virtually visit the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum at https://www.iceman.it/en/the-iceman/.