In Archaeologists Dig for Clues, a group of friends accompany an archaeologist on a dig and learn all about what archaeologists do and how discoveries tell us how people used to live.
This is a great archaeology kids book-- very clear, very engaging. The explanations are crystal clear and the books has the added benefit of showing the scientific process in action. The children's questions are realistic and Sophie's answers are always clear and age-appropriate.
Part of the Lets
Read and Find Out Science series, this book is
format to the Magic
series, with packed pages, speech bubbles, and more. While
this makes the book
more challenging to use in read alouds, it is so full of fun and
interesting facts that
we highly recommend it, especially in
light of the overall lack of kids books on this subject of this
Interest Level: Gr. 1-4 DRA Level: 38 Lexile: 390L
Grade Level Equiv: 2.8 Guided Reading: P
Below are sample pages from inside Archaeologists Dig for Clues. As you can see, between the main text, the speech bubbles, and the informational boxes, there's a lot going on on each spread.
This first spread is the first in the
book. It sets the scene, explaining that the kids are accompanying
their archaeologist friend on a local dig over their summer break. This
explains how Sophie, the archaeologist, knew to dig for artifacts in
this location. The spread below is the next one in the book, where
Sophie explains about doing 'test pits' to test for other interesting
buried items as well as how the dig site
will be dated to a particular historic era (with examples of eras given
box at the bottom of page 7).
This next sample spread is the third one in the book and shows the dig site full of action. It covers how archaeologists divide up the dig site into quadrants and the inset box answers the question "How Do Things Get Buried So Far Down?" After this spread, subsequent pages continue on to cover what archaeologists do with the artifacts they find, what tools they use in excavations...