Help engage students with primary sources by focusing on artifacts as a means to learn about history and culture and improve historical thinking skills. In this engaging two-day activity, students work in groups to examine images of 10 historical artifacts from world history ranging from 2000 to fifty years old. Students complete a prediction worksheet in which they try to guess what the artifact is/what its purpose was and provide details to explain why they made that prediction. Then the whole class looks at each artifact to learn what it really is, and students reflect on how accurate their predictions were, as well as what artifacts or context would have helped them be more accurate. Finally, students answer questions about how artifacts and context can help us to better understand a culture, as well as how we can learn about a culture’s values.
Included in this product:
1. PDF of images
2. Prediction Worksheet
3. Reflection Worksheet
4. PowerPoint with Images and Information