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Creating an artifact that is representative of a specific time period provides an opportunity for amateur historians to understand the importance of primary sources. This resource describes the process for students to explore original or replica artifacts before researching and creating one from the era they are studying. These could include simulated diaries, propaganda posters, recipes, etc. A fun and educational activity!
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 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
Why is it important to preserve historical documents and artifacts? Examine the role of primary source documents and the availability of these documents on the Internet. Middle and high schoolers write a journal about the nature of artifacts, evaluate a primary source document and its historical significance, and conduct a brief online research project related to a historical event. 
Sixth graders recognize the characteristics of Korean artifacts. In 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. For 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, 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.
Fourth graders explore the concept of culture and understand its implications as it relates to artifacts.  For this artifacts lesson, 4th graders explore artifacts from the past. Students then create their own artifact using their imagination. Students describe their artifact and estimate its age and make inferences as to what kind of culture their artifact is derived from.
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.
Creating learning centers with artifact-related activities are a great way to promote deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Students research the earliest Americans. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 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.
Artifacts and guest speakers are enriching and exciting for your students.
By learning about Inca artifacts and this ancient civilization students can delve into history, geography, and much more.
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.
Jr high schoolers gather information about artifacts and write formal essays. After completing a unit on the Aztec civilization, learners view three pieces of Aztec art.  As a class, they discuss each piece of art. To demonstrate understanding of the content area, they write an essay. This is easily adapted for small groups.
Middle schoolers recognize that artifacts are destroyed over time.  In this environmental factors on artifacts instructional activity, students experiment and observe through the microscope to find the environmental impact on artifacts.  Middle schoolers 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.
Middle schoolers 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 investigate the impact of popular culture on Americans. In this 1970's America instructional activity, students view and identify artifacts from the decade at a selected Web site. Students then discuss their impressions of 1970's culture.

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