Build-a-museum: Historical Artifact Activity for Grades 1 - 4 Google Classroom™

Integrated Social Studies
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Historical artifacts are more than just fossils and pottery. Things we use every day will one day be considered artifacts. Challenge your students to think like historians and find artifacts from their everyday lives that will be significant in the future. This is a great project-based learning opportunity.

Grades 1 - 4 concentrates on the 20th century. This resource includes a list of possible artifacts for students to choose from. Not all of the artifacts are that important (like bubble gum) but I wanted to keep it fun and relatable for students.

This is a Google Classroom™ only version. I am assuming that the project will be completed online but you will need to help students conduct the research. This is not a webquest and there are links for research.

Information gathering pages are included to help students pinpoint the important information about their artifacts. A more formal writing page is included to have students write a display page that explains their artifact to museum visitors.

Students will probably need help cropping pictures or loading pictures to the computer since tangible artifacts aren't possible with this resource.

This is the Google Classroom™ version. If you'd rather get the print-only version click here.


What's Included:

  • 1, 2, 3, or 4 artifacts pages
  • Information gathering pages
  • Display pages
  • Artifact list


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36 pages
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