LifeTides: History &  Archaeology Curriculum - Page Two

The LifeTides Institute also offers Archaeology, history and sociology classes for students ranging from 3rd to 8th grades. 


Indigo Tie-Dye (Grades 3-8)

Students will have a chance to meet either Eliza Lucas Pinckney or her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who travelled through time to tell them about the historical importance of indigo and how it became a valuable cash crop in South Carolina. Students will have a chance to interact with Eliza or Charles and ask them questions before they explore the parts of the plant used to make the dye and then tie-dye their own t-shirts in indigo. (T-shirts not provided).

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-2, 3-4, 4-2, 8-1, 8-3

Terms: Ferment, perennial, plantation, diversify, textiles

Length: 1 hour

Cultures and Conflicts (Grades 3-8)

Students will examine the culture of the Native Americans in South Carolina at the time of European contact through pictures, reproduction artifacts and hands-on-activities.  They will explore the relationships between the Europeans and the Native South Carolinians and discover how these relationships led to periods of cooperation followed by periods of conflict that ultimately caused the abandonment of the Spanish settlement at Santa Elena in 1576.  During the program students will be able to observe the process used by the Spanish to make a red dye from the cochineal bug which they acquired from the Native Americans in South Carolina.

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-2.3; 4-1.2; 6-4.4, 8-1.1

Terms: Santa Elena, artifacts, trade goods, Native American, sassafras, cochineal, Orista, Escamazu, Guale

Length: 1 hour

Life in Colonial Times (Grades 4-8)

Life was different for people in colonial South Carolina than it is today, but in some ways it was the same. Students will compare and contrast life then and now by examining reproduction artifacts with a costumed presenter. They will also have a chance to play 18th century games. 

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 4-2.2; 7-1.1, 7-1.2

 Terms: Colony, plantation, cash crop.

Length: 1 hour


Colonial Medicine (Grades 4-8)

What was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina?  Students will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease by role playing and examining reproduction artifacts.  They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.

Social Studies Standards: 4-2.2, 7-1.1, 7-1.2

Terms: Infection, inoculation, contagious, theory

Length: 1 hour

Games of the Past (Ages 5-Adult)

Did you ever wonder how people amused themselves before there was TV, computers and tablets?  Travel back in time with us and learn about the games our ancestors played. You will have chance to play a variety of them including Nine Men's Morris, Put and Take, Buck and Mancala just to name a few. Whether you are an adult or kid, you might find them a lot of fun!

Lectures on Spanish and French settlements in the Southeastern United States (Ages 13-Adult)

The European Struggle to Settle North America Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521 – 1608 is the first book to link the settlements of all three countries into one comprehensive account. A power-point presentation is available by the authors focusing on Spanish and French settlements in the southeastern United States—delving into the  history of each settlement and explaining why only one, St. Augustine, survived.