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ANTH101: Free textbook and hub for teaching cultural anthropology
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* a free alternative to expensive Introduction to Cultural Anthropology textbooks

* includes a full textbook and several original videos

* includes 10 "challenges" (assignments)

* a hub of original and found resources for teaching and learning anthropology

* a “connected course” of many faculty around the world sharing instructional materials

* an open course freely available to anyone online

* an emerging producer of original anthropological videos and other digital content

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Michael Wesch
Ryan Klataske
Tom Woodward
Date Added:
08/16/2018
Anteprima del volume "I BACINI CULTURALI E LA PROGETTAZIONE SOCIALE ORIENTATA ALL’HERITAGE-MAKING, TRA POLITICHE GIOVANILI, INNOVAZIONE SOCIALE, DIVERSITÀ CULTURALE"
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Anteprima del volume "I BACINI CULTURALI E LA PROGETTAZIONE SOCIALE ORIENTATA ALL’HERITAGE-MAKING, TRA POLITICHE GIOVANILI, INNOVAZIONE SOCIALE, DIVERSITÀ CULTURALE. Il framework del Progetto ABACUS – Attivazione dei Bacini Culturali Siciliani, alla luce della Convenzione Quadro del Consiglio d'Europa sul valore del Patrimonio culturale per la società"

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Architecture and Design
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Environmental Science
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Arts and Humanities
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Management
Public Relations
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Education
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Physical Geography
Social Science
Anthropology
Archaeology
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Psychology
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Author:
ABACUS Project Activation of Cultural Basins
Date Added:
12/22/2020
Anthropology Mini Lectures: A collective resource for online teaching in the time of COVID19
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This is a collection of mini lectures created by anthropologists and those in conversation with anthropology as supplimental material to assist college and university instructors who were made to shift their courses online because of COVID19.For more information, see here.To contribute, please create an OER author account and send your name and OER registered email to AnthropologyTeaching@gmail.com.

Subject:
Anthropology
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Activity/Lab
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Lecture
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Reading
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Zoe Wool
Brett Hill
Lauren Visconti
Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Laura Ogden
Jonathan Padwe
Sabra Thorner
Flosha Diliena Liyana Saran Arachchige Don
Heikki Wilenius
Jonathan Wald
Noah Theriault
Rosalyn Bold
Andrew Flachs
Emily Yates-Doerr
Rebecca Lester
Katrina Thompson
Emily Hammerl
Rose Wellman
Devin Proctor
Daniel Souleles
Kim de Rijke
Maira Hayat
Kate Fischer
Laura Story Johnson
Chloe Ahmann
Paige West
Date Added:
03/15/2020
Anthropology: World Archaeology Syllabus
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ANTH 150 World Archaeology
Introduction to archaeology and cultural change from the earliest times to the advent of state-level societies.

Course Description:
• When did we become fully modern humans?
• When (and why) did we stop being hunter-gatherers?
• When did inequality emerge?
• Why did some people decide to start living in cities?
• What led to the development of complex state-level
societies?
These are important questions about what it means to
be human that archaeologists address. In this course,
we’ll consider these topics while providing an
introduction to archaeology and the study of world
prehistory. The course provides an overview of human
prehistory from modern humans up to the
development of literate civilizations. The approach will
be problem oriented and comparative. We will
consider ancient cultures from around the world in
order to foster an appreciation for human cultural
diversity. Explaining why cultural developments
occurred is often hotly debated among archaeologists,
and different perspectives will be explored critically
throughout this course.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Dr. Alison Carter
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Anthropology and Colonialism
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The following pages describe anthropology's relationship with colonialism. The reading emphasizes why colonial history is relevant to students' lives and emphasizes practical ways to practice cultural relativism. 

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Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Amanda Zunner-Keating
Date Added:
06/29/2020
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Anthropology and Colonialism
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The following pages describe anthropology's relationship with colonialism. The reading emphasizes why colonial history is relevant to students' lives and emphasizes practical ways to practice cultural relativism. 

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Deneia Fairweather
Date Added:
08/14/2021
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Anthropology and Colonialism
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The following pages describe anthropology's relationship with colonialism. The reading emphasizes why colonial history is relevant to students' lives and emphasizes practical ways to practice cultural relativism. 

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Deneia Fairweather
Date Added:
08/24/2021
Antiquities of Wisconsin as Surveyed and Described by I. A. LAPHAM (1885)
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The Antiquities of Wisconsin, Increase A. Lapham's most important published work, includes 92 pages of text, illustrated with 61 wood engravings, and 55 lithographed plates and was the result of his research into the Indian effigy mounds found on Wisconsin's Landscape.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Reading
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Date Added:
07/05/2013
Archiving for the Future: Simple Steps for Archiving Language Documentation Collections
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Archiving for the Future is a free training course designed to teach language documenters, activists, and researchers how to organize, arrange, and archive language documentation, revitalization, and maintenance materials and metadata in a digital repository or language archive. Then entire course can be completed in approximately 3-5 hours.

This course was developed by the staff of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas at Austin in consultation with representatives of various DELAMAN (https://www.delaman.org/) archives and other digital data repositories in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, and Cameroon.

The course material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. BCS-1653380 (September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Subject:
Information Science
Languages
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Linguistics
Material Type:
Full Course
Interactive
Author:
Alicia Niwagaba
Elena Pojman
Ryan Sullivant
Susan Smythe Kung
Date Added:
11/05/2020
Artifacts 1: What Can We Learn From Artifacts?
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In this Science NetLinks lesson, students determine what artifacts are, how they are discovered, and what information can be learned from them. They also learn how artifacts are initially buried and then excavated. This lesson is one of a two-part series on archaeology.

Subject:
Geology
Anthropology
Archaeology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
10/21/2005
The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology
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Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. “Pierre Bourdieu called anthropology a combat sport, an extreme sport as well as a tough and rigorous discipline. … It teaches students not to be afraid of getting one’s hands dirty, to get down in the dirt, and to commit yourself, body and mind. Susan Sontag called anthropology a “heroic” profession.” What is the payoff for this heroic journey? You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. This special first draft edition is a loose framework for more and more complete future chapters and writings. It serves as a companion to anth101.com, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Michael Wesch
Date Added:
08/30/2018
Becoming Human: How Evolution Made Us
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Becoming Human is a fast-paced, irreverent introduction to evolutionary theory, especially human origins. The book is based on the Open2Study MOOC, 'Becoming Human,' created by Dr. Greg Downey and Open Universities Australia. The book discusses traces of evolution in our bodies, basic evolutionary theory from Darwin to the genomic revolution, sexual selection and reproduction, and how human brain development affects our evolution, including into the future. Copiously illustrated, with some interactive diagrams, videos of Dr. Downey presenting the material are also available through Open2Study.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Enculture Press
Author:
Greg Downey
Date Added:
03/19/2015
Becoming Human: Interactive Documentary
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Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of human origins. Multimedia, research and scholarship are presented to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution. This site includes classroom materials, subject-designed exercises, games and activities to help make connections between the concepts that are presented and student learning. PDF versions of the resources may be downloaded from the site.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Institute of Human Origins
Provider Set:
Becoming Human
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
08/20/2011
Becoming a Cultural Researcher
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Students learn about material culture in this Moveable Museum lesson plan by taking a firsthand look at how culture influences the kinds of things we do. The 12-page PDF guide has educator materials including background information, teacher strategies, assessment guidelines, and detailed notes about the curriculum standards addressed. The Becoming a Cultural Researcher activity worksheet has a series of questions that prompts students to reflect on the material culture of daily activities, customs, or ceremonies. There is a kid-friendly glossary of related terms.

Subject:
Anthropology
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Date Added:
10/15/2014
Biological Anthropology
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How this course is intended to be used: This course is set up to be used as either fully online, face-to-face (f2f), or hybrid. Note that the course outcomes and some assessments have variations available for each type of course (e.g., Public Awareness Campaign, Dancing Skeletons Essay & Discussion)

Resources for this course:
OER resources: The majority of materials used in this course are OER and can be found via this page (under Course Modules).

Paid resources: Only one small textbook is suggested for the course, the ethnography Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa by Katharine Dettwyler (ISBN-10: 088133748X). It's approximately $13.00 new and can be found for approximately $5.00 used. It's used for the Unit 3 assessment, Dancing Skeletons Essay & Discussion. We think that it's an integral part of the course, due to its focus on human biology and biocultural/environmental interactions. It also provides an excellent portrayal of an anthropologist's experience in the field. If you require additional or alternate textbooks, we have put together a list of texts available for around $30.

Explanation of approach: As you peruse the reading material in the course module pages you might find that they contain less detail than what you would see in a "normal" textbook. This is intentional. One thing we find incredible about higher education is that the student often reads the textbook only to go into class and have the professor lecture for two hours on the exact same material. Because of this repetition of the material, students often become exasperated and either stop reading the material or stop paying attention in class. We've also found that students in the introductory anthropology courses frequently struggle with picking out the basic concepts from among the myriad of material from the textbook. We think that students in introductory anthropology courses such as this one, most of whom are not going to be anthropology majors, should read the basic information outside of class. This allows the instructor to focus on providing more explanatory details and help students work through critical thinking about the material in class. Therefore, the readings in the course modules have the basic information. Through in-class activities, discussions, and homework assignments, the job of the instructor is to help students move deeper into and synthesize the material.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Michelle Field
Tori Saneda
Date Added:
11/05/2019
Cave Bear
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Decoding an ancient cave bear. A two-ton, thirteen-foot cave bear, extinct for ten thousand years, has just experienced a rebirth of sorts. From a tooth and a bone, scientists have recovered its entire genetic code.Eddy Rubin, director of the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute, says finding genuine cave bear DNA was like looking for a needle in a haystack. The haystack were all the other organisms that were living in the bones and in the tooth of this ancient creature. And the needle was the little bit of the ancient creature's genome DNA, or genes.They used state-of-the-art computer technology to separate the bear genes from the clutter. Jurassic Park fans should note that they can't clone a new cave bear, nor can they recover DNA from creatures as old as the dinosaurs. But they do hope to reconstruct the genetic code of Neanderthals, our closest non-human relatives, to better understand how our own species evolved. This resource contains detailed text description of the research as well as likes for further inquiry.

Subject:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
08/16/2009
Conversations with History: Studying the Human Condition, Habits of a Militant Anthropologist with Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a noted Anthropology Professor at UC Berkeley and author of numerous award-winning works joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler. (59 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/29/2006
Cultural Anthropology
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An introductory cultural anthropology textbook covering all major topics and produced by Lumen Learning.

Subject:
Anthropology
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Full Course
Module
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Author:
Santa Ana College
Tracy Evans
Date Added:
01/14/2020
Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 206)
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Students examine the anthropological perspective of human culture, including such institutions as kinship, politics, and religion, and evaluate the interrelationship between culture, environment and biology. Students explore the effects of globalization on culture while developing critical thinking skills through the application of essential anthropological approaches, theories, and methods.Login: guest_oclPassword: ocl

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Date Added:
10/31/2011
Cultural Anthropology/Globalization
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In this unit, you will explore globalization and development and its effects on indigenous peoples. Modern economic and political development is driven by the assumption that the results will be benefical for all people; however, cultural differences are not taken into consideration, leading often to the destruction of indigenous cultures. Understanding the context of modern development students become versant in the current debate about globalization.

By the end of the unit, you should be able to answer the following questions:

What is globalization?

How did the modern era of globalization develop?

What is the relationship between culture and globalization?

Subject:
Social Science
Anthropology
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Tori Saneda of Cascadia Community College in Bothell
WA.
Date Added:
05/01/2018
Double Immunity
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Dr. Stephen O'Brien of the National Cancer Institute discovers a 700-year-old mutation that makes a person resistant to HIV infection. From Evolution: "Evolutionary Arms Race."

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Dɔnko
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Comment lire et comprendre les pratiques culturelles africaines? Comment mobiliser les savoirs sur l’Afrique, ses arts et ses cultures sans verser dans la réification ou le folklorisme? Profondément novateur, cet ouvrage collectif mobilise les outils théoriques des cultural studies pour proposer un généreux panorama de l’étude de la culture en Afrique. Il rassemble des textes d’auteurs et d’autrices d’Afrique de l'Ouest, théoriques ou descriptifs, qui mettent en lumière la réévaluation passionnante des modes d’appréhension des pratiques et objets en contexte africain que proposent les études culturelles africaines. L’épilogue qui clôt le livre n’est donc point fermeture, mais plutôt ouverture sur les enjeux relatifs à ce nouveau champ d’études, plein de promesses pour rendre compte de l’extraordinaire créativité des cultures africaines.

Subject:
Anthropology
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Science et Bien Commun
Author:
Salaka Sanou
Sous la direction d'Isaac Bazié
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Eid al-Fitr
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, learn how Muslims in America celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Ű_í_Ű__Ű_ŒŰ_ŒŒŰ‹_Feast of Breaking the Fast.Ű_í_Ű__Ű_ŒŰ_ŒŰ_í_Ű_Œ

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Essential (non medical) Workers and CoVid19
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Since the CoVID19 pandemic, essential workers have been impacted beyond that of others in the labor force.  Statistics on nonmedical essential workers and how CoVid19 affects their health and livelihood are lacking. No centralized reporting exists and corporations do not either collect or provide this data. This OER attempts to bring together various sources information from March-July 2020 for future research. This material is a compilation of original sources of varying restrictions to be used for educational purposes, so I have chosen the CC BY NC ND license.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Public Relations
Manufacturing
U.S. History
Anthropology
Economics
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Jill Stahl
Date Added:
07/12/2020
The Ethics and Technical Issues in Moving Offline Research to an Online Context
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This Voicethread lecture came out of a workshop developed around doing qualitative research while in quarantine. Drawing together a number of different resources, in this lecture I go over the ethical and technical considerations for conducting online qualitative research.

Subject:
Anthropology
Sociology
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Sam Scovill
Date Added:
12/08/2020
Ethnobotany and Landscape Ethnoecology- As Process and Outcome
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This module provides descriptive notes and images that can support teaching and learning about ethnobotany and landscape ethnoecology, or the integrative study of human-resource relationships. The photos and graphics are mostly derived from field study and research at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya (1999-2015) as a case example. I openly make them available through the OER site for educational purposes. The resources attached to the module include:I. Ethnobotany- descriptive notes and images (ethnobotany_notes_oer) and a powerpoint presentation (ethno_div_oer);II. Landscape Ethnoecology- descriptive notes and images (landscape_ethnoecology_oer) and a powerpoint presentation (landscape_ethno_oer);III. Participatory Inquiry in Ethnobotany and Landscape Ethnoecology- descriptive notes and images (ethno_participatory_oer) and a powerpoint presentation (ethno_process_outcome_oer);IV. Collaborative Field Guide to Woody Plants and their Uses at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya (kasigauplantbook_may2013.pdf)

Subject:
Environmental Science
World Cultures
Botany
Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Kimberly Medley
Date Added:
12/17/2018
Evolution as Reproduction with Variability
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In this online activity, learners discover how random variation influences biological evolution. Biological evolution is often thought of as a process by which adaptation is generated through selection.Œć While it is recognized that random variation underlies the process, emphasis is usually placed on selection and resulting adaptation, leaving a sense that it is selection that drives evolution.Œć This simulation highlights the creative role of random variation, offering a somewhat different perspective: that of evolution as open-ended exploration driven by randomness and constrained by selection, with adaptation as a dynamic, transient consequence rather than an objective.

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Serendip Studio
Provider Set:
Minds-On Activities for Teaching Biology
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Evolving Ideas: Did Humans Evolve?
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This video from Evolution explores the evolution of humans from a common ancestor of humans, chimpanzees, and other apes.

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Evolving Ideas: Why Does Evolution Matter Now?
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In this video from Evolution, an exploration of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in the Russian prison system highlights one reason it is important to understand evolution.

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Experimental Archaeology
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Imagine trying to cut your hair without metal tools. How would you do it? Join JPPM's Educator Nate Salzman as he uses experimental archaeology to answer the question "How did Native Americans cut their hair before metal tools?" Includes prompts for 3rd, 4th, and HS students based on Maryland State Social Studies Frameworks.

Subject:
World Cultures
History
Anthropology
Archaeology
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Author:
JPPM Admin
Date Added:
06/24/2021
Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology
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The first comprehensive, peer-reviewed open access textbook for biological anthropology courses. Produced with support from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (a section of the American Anthropological Association) and a grant from Minnesota State. Available free of charge for use in any setting.

In February, 2020 ancillary materials will be published, including test banks, PowerPoint slides and study guides. If you (adopting faculty) develop any ancillary materials you would be willing to share as open access materials on this website, please contact us at: explorationstextbook@gmail.com

If you adopt part of all of this textbook, please let us know by filling out our Adoptions survey. This information will help us report back to our funding agencies and, ultimately, help us develop more high quality, open access educational materials.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Author:
Team members of the Society for Anthropology in the Community Colleges (SACC)
Date Added:
01/14/2020
Exploring Religious America
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In this video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, learn about Muslims in Lawrenceville, Georgia, their plans to build an Islamic cemetery and the stiff objections from their Christian neighbors.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World History
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Date Added:
06/16/2008
Finding Lucy
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This Evolution video segment depicts the landmark hominid fossil finds by Don Johanson and his team in Ethiopia.

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Clear Blue Sky Productions
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Forensic Anthropology Lab
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 In this lab students will learn how skeletal remains can be used to estimate the height of an individual. Students will measure several of their bones and the bones of a partner. They will then use a formula to estimate height and compare it to actual height. 

Subject:
Criminal Justice
Anthropology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Madison Kingsford
Date Added:
03/12/2020
Forensics
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A site that has interesting information on forensics and interactive activities for kids to play. The student will learn investigative techniques that will enable them to better understand the science of forensics. The use will explore new technology related to anthropology and forensics.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
07/12/2014
Fossil Evidence of Bipedalism
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This video segment adapted from NOVA shows how scientists use the fossil record to trace when early human ancestors and related species began walking on two legs instead of four, and to determine whether they were more apelike or human in appearance.

Subject:
Life Science
Anthropology
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
03/10/2010