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Learn about the ancient Near East through a close examination of ancient artifacts. Lead your class into analysis by first observing an artifact as a class. Pupils can then work in pairs to analyze the other artifacts and compile a list of distinguishing features. After a discussion of these features, individuals compose essays about the artifacts. A description of what the essay should include as well as a rubric for the overall lesson are provided in the plan.
Sixth graders recognize the characteristics of Korean artifacts. For this Korean artifacts lesson, 6th graders explore the heritage of the Koreans through pictures of artifacts.  Students describe the artifacts and view a multimedia presentation. Students create a graphic organizer and other worksheets to compare Korean and American artifacts.  Students write a journal entry.
Students explore world history by completing artifact worksheets. In this archaeology lesson, students identify the importance of finding clues when researching historical information by utilizing artifacts. Students research the neolithic site of Catalhoyuk and create an artifact illustration of the historic site.
Students examine the role of primary source documents and the new availability of these documents by digitizing them on the Internet. Students write a journal about the nature of artifact and work in small groups to evaluate a primary source document.
Students take a closer look at artifacts to learn about the people who used them. In this colonial America lesson plan, students examine photographs of everyday items used in colonial times and determine what the uses of the tools may be prior to learning their actual functions.
A list of aboriginal tribes and customs is discused and the importance of sharing and respecting each others' ideas is reinforced, Your class will create their own tribal names and artifacts, and present their tribes to classmates in sharing circle.
Sixth graders are introduced to artifacts and explore an online archaeological site to  connect clues about how people once lived. In this deductive reasoning lesson, 6th graders participate in the stratigraphy game on Kids Dig Reed.com and work to make connections between material evidence and culture. Students then brainstorm a list of artifacts from their civilization and choose artifacts that give archaeologists strong clues about physical traits and behaviors of the early 21st century peopl
Students research the earliest Americans. In this ancient civilizations lesson plan, students investigate the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. Students examine artifacts used in the cultures and then determine what the artifacts were used for and make replicas of them.
Students examine the cultures of different countries other than their own. They select a country they are interested in and research their lifestyles. Using clay, they create a model of one aspect of the new culture of their focus. They also write an essay explaining their artifact.
Students observe an artifact and make an inference about the artifact's purpose. They are going to role-play as archaeologists by using artifacts to hypothesize about the lives of past people.
Young scholars recognize that artifacts are destroyed over time.  In this environmental factors on artifacts lesson, students experiment and observe through the microscope to find the environmental impact on artifacts.  Young scholars make a list of the different issues facing places that preserve artifacts.
Students participate in an African Artifact Scavenger Hunt. Using their environment, they identify the artifacts and discuss what it would say about them if another culture were viewing them. After examining photos, they locate places and people in Africa and try to interpret what the artifacts were used for.
Students observe and evaluate evidence of Alaska Native cultural symbols and artifacts. They research historical data from a variety of primary resources, including the Harriman expedition journals, related web sites, oral accounts, maps, and photographs. Students analyze data, make observations and generate and answer questions.
Students create flash cards based on Ancient Egyptian artifacts and hieroglyphs they discover on Second Life. In this Ancient Egyptian lesson plan, students put information on the flash cards such as Egyptian artifacts, hieroglyphs, and pictures.
Fourth graders study history though the exploration of artifacts. In this Civil War lesson, 4th graders examine artifacts such as sweet grass basket, spinning top, photos on tin, cast iron kettle, china"bone plate," bonnet, wooden carved spoon, dipper gourd, iron, hard tack, or musket balls. Students pose questions and research answers to the questions based on their appraisal of the artifacts.
Young scholars simulate analyzing artifacts in archaeological lab by using real techniques that archaeologists use. Students practice measuring skills, drawing, writing, and brainstorming, and make inferences based on evidence.
Seventh graders apply Blooms Taxonomy to analyze a collection of artifacts. They define and discuss the nature of artifacts and work in groups to complete handouts. Students analyze an object (stone pipe) on a mystery artifact analysis sheet.
Ninth graders put their observation skills to work. In this observation skills lesson, 9th graders examine personal artifacts that their instructor has gathered. Students take notes on the artifacts they analyze and write lab reports based on their findings. 
Young scholars take individual vocabulary lists and make flashcards with the word in both English and their native language for future study. They use each vocabulary word in a sentence with its complexity. Each student chooses one favorite artifact from their list to present to their classroom.
Students create their own ABC book about artifacts. In this artifact lesson, students read ABC History Mystery and review the artifacts pictured in the book. They create their own ABC book with each student working on a letter. 

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