Making a Field Journal

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In this activity, Christina Elson, an archaeologist from the American Museum of Natural History, guides learners as they investigate an "artifact" and record their observations in a field journal. Learners analyze an object selected by a friend/partner and complete an "Artifact Analysis." Learners use Christina's field journal as a model. Learners are encouraged to continue adding new pages to their journal.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
      • Geologic Time
      • Fossils
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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