Chapter 12 begins with a scenario depicting children involved in a trash dig. The chapter then turns to a discussion of anthropology and its history and content as a social science.

Next, the chapter considers the content of standards, beginning with guidelines of the Anthropology Education Commission of the American Anthropological Association. The following sections provide example classroom activities for student adoption and the National Council for the Social Studies standards regarding science, technology, and society.

The chapter closes with a set of discussion questions and two sample lesson plans designed to illustrate how the power of this discipline can be brought to life in lessons for young children.