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Tell a Story p. 7 and Hunt for
Artifacts p. 13
activity can be used as an activator or summarizer.
students the slides of the colonial clothing artifacts before the docents visit your
classroom or as a follow-up to the docents’ visit. You could
Show slides to the whole class. Ask the following questions:
From what material(s) was this artifact made?
2. Describe how it looks.
What color is it? Is it smooth
Does it have any parts that
Who might have used it?
Where might it have been used?
In what season might it have been used?
What is its name?
What does it tell us about the life and time of the people
who used it?
During what time did these people live? (century)
Is there anything we use today that is like this?
Have students view slides in pairs/small groups. Use the computer lab, setting up a
different slide at each computer.
Students rotate through stations, answering the questions or
completing “Artifacts Tell a Story” at
end of unit.
Discuss. Reveal the
true function of artifacts or, if used as a pre-visit activity, keep the
children guessing until the docents’ demonstration!