Investigating historical Artifacts. 'Time Team' inferring from evidence.

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I created this lesson to help my classes get to grips with inference in history and the use of artefacts. Many young students get stuck at the idea that we can never know what happened in the past because no one alive was there to be our witnesses. This lesson requires students to develop and use their inference skills to work out for themselves what an object is and what it can tell us about the past, it's people and in some cases events.

You will need to provide the 6 artefacts yourself. These are not included in the lesson but should be quite easy to come by. For example I have used a variety of different things - thats the joy of this lesson - including a St. John Ambulance nursing hat that belonged to my mother, a commemorative coin, a ration book (replica from the internet) through to a hand made crucifix from WW2 found a yard sale! I have even used 1980s cassette tapes of music because, scarily, it was 'historical' to my students! The lesson is about developing their inference and explanation skills rather than an understanding of a particular period so almost anything old will do.

The lesson contains:
18 slide powerpoint
A worksheet to model inferring with a bejewelled dagger.
3 differentiated writing frames for the students archeology reports.
Full and detailed lesson plan (this is the preview)

My students have always gotten a great deal form this lesson and helps to develop peer and independent learnings skills. It also forces them to back up their ideas with explanation and consider the 'most likely' scenarios.

I hope you find this lesson useful. If you're interested getting your students to grip with inference, why not try out my history mystery lessons?

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THE MARY CELESTE HISTORY MYSTERY
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HISTORY MYSTERIES BUNDLE!
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Thanks for looking!

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2 hours

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Investigating historical Artifacts. 'Time Team' inferring
Investigating historical Artifacts. 'Time Team' inferring
Investigating historical Artifacts. 'Time Team' inferring
Investigating historical Artifacts. 'Time Team' inferring