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The King’s Instructions

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3–5VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4;
English 3.4, 3.6, 4.4, 4.6, 5.4, 5.6  
Students will compare and contrast early historical documents with archaeological evidence to gain understanding of events at Jamestown. 
What is an Artifact?: Thinking like an Archaeologist

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3–5VS.1, VS.2, VS.4;
Scientific Investigation 3.1, 4.1, 5.1
Students will use grocery receipts to understand the concept of material culture and interpret objects as an archaeologist would.
Reading the Trees

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3–5VS.1, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4;
Science 3.1, 3.6, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 5.1;
Math 3.3, 3.7, 3.16, 4.4, 4.8, 4.15, 5.4, 5.18
Students will learn about the scientific technique of dendrochronology and what it can reveal about James Fort’s early years.