Archaeologists Dig for Clues
by Kate Duke

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 similar in format to the Magic School Bus 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 level.

Reading Levels
Interest Level: Gr. 1-4                  DRA Level: 38                   Lexile: 390L   
Grade Level Equiv: 2.8              
Guided Reading:  P

See Inside
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 spread also 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 in the 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...

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