As longtime readers know, I create a lot of hands-on activities in all of my classes, partly because I think that this type of teaching engages a lot of learners in a way that lecturing doesn't, and partly because it entertains me to try to think of new and different things to do in class. Although I have used this particular in-class activity twice in the past, I have apparently never blogged about it. So here is the Palaeodemography of the Googly Eye Cemetery, which my Bioarchaeology students did in class today.
|Bags o' craft stuff for MNI activity.|
- Pompoms - Three colors of varying sizes, representing cranial vaults. I used white for male, red for female, and green for subadult. I also included four or five sizes of each color pompom, which throws in a bit of a twist because I only have three subadult and three adult age categories.
- Googly Eyes - Six different sizes, representing eye orbits.
- Buttons - Three sizes of blue (male), three sizes of pink (female), three sizes of green (subadult). I also threw in a couple "anomalous" buttons (yellow flowers).
- Pipe cleaners - Three different colors (blue for male, pink for female, green for subadult), two different sizes (arms and legs). I also threw in a couple "anomalous" long bones (yellow).