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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.
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 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
Fourth graders explore the concept of culture and understand its implications as it relates to artifacts. In 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.
Learners 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. Learners research the neolithic site of Catalhoyuk and create an artifact illustration of the historic site.
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.
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.
Students 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. Students 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.
In this artifact classification worksheet, students are given a list of key terms and two activity sheets about classifying artifacts of the Pee Dee culture. Students analyze artifacts and group them to answer questions on the classification worksheet. Students find out more about the life ways of the people of the Pee Dee culture.
Fourth graders study history though the exploration of artifacts. In this Civil War instructional activity, 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.