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Using Artifacts for Clues About Identity
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.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Aboriginal History: Creating Tribes and Artifacts
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.
7th Social Studies & History
Artifacts and Images: A Visual and Interactive Approach to the Study of Korea
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.
6th 21st Century Skills
Practice responding to controversial information with the New York Times lesson provided here. Middle schoolers watch a video interview with the director of The Lost Tomb of Jesus. After reading a companion article, they identify the claims and controversies surrounding the documentary.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Help young readers examine historic artifacts to determine if they were designed to help people survive or to create enjoyment. They identify objects that were designed to help people to survive and to enjoy themselves. Then compare and contrast how daily life changes through time.
K - 1st English Language Arts
The Grapes of Wrath: Scrapbooks and Artifacts
Students complete research to enhance their reading of "The Grapes of Wrath". Using the text, they identify and locate cultural artifacts and discuss their symbolic connotations. As a class, they create a museum exhibit of the various literary symbols.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
What Can We Learn From the Past?
What would future archeologists learn from your scholars' personal belongings? Have them bring in a box of "primary sources" from their home. Discuss the difference between observations and inference, using some of your own items to model this skill.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History
New Review Transportation Systems
Learners analyze the evolution of cultural attitudes through the lens of transportation, examining several artifacts, documents, and photographs. Topics covered include how American attitudes have influenced society's evolution into a car-dependent society, how transportation affects the availability of goods, and transportation for the future.
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Archaeology Inventory Project
What can be learned from ancient art and artifacts? In the second of a series of lessons devoted to the history of Afghanistan, class members assume the role of archaeologists and investigate art found along the Silk Road. They observe, describe, and form hypotheses on the function of different pieces.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Digging Up Artifacts On Line
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Artifacts 2: Artifacts in Context
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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
What Artifacts Reveal About The Past
Learners 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
New Review Reading Artifacts
History detectives put their keen observation skills to the test as they closely examine artifacts. Drawing on visual and tactile clues, they formulate a theory about who done it, or in this case who made it, why, and for what purpose and record their notes on the provided worksheet.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
social Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorow
Sixth graders take an Internet trip back in time to explore ancient cultures. Working in teams, they assume the roles of theologian, cartographer, economist, political analyst, and anthropologist. The same groups then create time capsules of contemporary life with five artifacts,equivalent to the ancient artifacts, and explanations for future anthropologists.
6th Social Studies & History