Activities (and Labs)

*Featured* Anthropology Day 2020

If you are interested in hosting an Anthropology Day event in your community, please start by registering your school, organization or as an individual at http://www.americananthro.org. Once that is done you can get started with planning & organizing your event. Below are resources created for the 2020 Anthro Day event.


HUMANWORKS: Human Skeleton

You know you are on your way to being an anthropologists when the gift you get for Mother’s Day from your family is a skeleton kit. I love magnets, projects and bones! HUMANWORKS: Human Skeleton kit was a fun way to get my daily dose of the human body (in a very rudimentary way!). I had a great time with this craft, and this one of many ways to have fun learning about the body. Think of creative ways that you can incorporate learning more about the human body, culture and the world around us. Share your ideas.

Visit Amazon if you are interested in learning more about the craft I completed and shared above. Complete instructions are included wth the box.
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Scavenger Hunt

Anthropology is all around us and to remind us of that here is a scavenger hunt. You will observe people and look for artifacts, cultural indicators, and languages or ways of expression and document what you see like an anthropologist. Have fun!


Self-Evaluation

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on how much you’ve grown? Especially after accomplishing something big like your first major hike, learning how to paint or graduating from college? I am thinking about this because my sociology professor made the last assignment of the course a self-evaluation to tell her how much we grew as a person, thinker and writer now that the course is nearing the end. It gave me a moment to reflect on myself on the course and even why I started this blog. Please check out my assignment submission below.

For you – Pick a journey that you started and have completed or are nearing its completion. Look back on where and why you started that journey, think about what you did throughout that time and tell me how the experience helped you grow as a person. This is a reflective activity. I think that everyone can benefit from taking a few minutes to deep dive and look within. Remember that no matter what activity you choose, there is growth in all of it. The human brain, particularly of homo sapiens, is a wonderous marvel that allows us to create and learn from our surroundings. Think hard!


Norms Breaching Experiment

Who made up the rules? How do we know what is right or wrong? Sociology is the study of groups and group interactions, societies and social interactions, from small and personal groups to large groups. (Openstax, 6/1.1). This is a field that often crosses over with Anthropology because the study of societies and how groups of people interact could lead to learning more about culture, beliefs, languages and other forms of communication. This semester my favorite class is Sociology. One of the most meaningful terms I have learned about is “social norms”. I have heard this before, but understanding about how norms comes to be, differ based on what an individual learns from family and observed behaviors, and what happens when you deviate from the norm were meaningful concepts.

An exciting assignment that I had to do this semester was deviate or breach a social norms and document what I did and how it went. Join me in doing the same!


Strawberry DNA Lab

Learn about DNA, how to extract DNA from an organism and why this is important.
Starting with evolution and genetics as a part of my biological anthropology class, this activity (thanks Dr. Gina Michaels!) was a part of the class and has been adapted. It helps bring together concepts around genetics and what makes up humans and other living organisms.


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