Build-a-museum: Historical Artifact Activity for Grades 9 - 12

Integrated Social Studies
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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Engage your students in history by building a classroom history museum. Students choose artifacts to learn about, gather images (or with permission actual artifacts), and build a unique display for your classroom. This is a great project-based learning opportunity.

Grades 9 - 12 encourages students to work with any century, time period, and culture. This resource does include the artifact lists included in my grades 1 - 4 and grades 5 -8 resources to keep it simple.

For advanced classrooms or for specific students, consider one of the four museum challenges included. Creating a themed museum in one of the four challenges gets students to think more precisely about their artifacts rather than just selecting four random objects.

Organize time with the librarian and help students conduct research on their chosen artifacts. There are no links in this resource. It is NOT a webquest.

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.

Since many students will be researching artifacts that aren't appropriate to bring to school I'd suggest simply asking students to print images for display. I did that in the pictures and it looked great.

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


What's Included:

  • Information gathering pages
  • Display pages
  • Artifact list
  • Four themed museum challenges
  • Teacher guide

Images from Wikipedia include javelin, bow and arrow, catapult, and crossbow are all listed as public domain.

For my friend B who gave me the idea in the first place. : )

Total Pages
40 pages
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