NOTE: THIS UNIT IS INCLUDED IN OUR PROJECT LEARNING COMBO PACK. PLEASE DO NOT DUPLICATE YOUR PURCHASE
Project Learning: Artifacts & Their Modern Descendants is a cooperative learning project. On the first day, students move around the room in pairs identifying objects from earlier time periods in history. The second day the pairs use the information they gathered the day before to complete a chart by identifying modern tools or objects that have replaced the artifacts in our society. The amount of objects you use for the first part of the activity depends on both length of class period and amount of students. For example, if you have a class of 30 students, you should create a minimum 15 stations with objects. You can have more than 15 but I would not recommend less. YOU WANT ALL STUDENTS ENGAGED AT ONCE!
The teacher will have to supply the old objects. It’s not that hard to find old things. Look at things from your own life that aren’t used anymore and check with older people in the family, neighborhood or at school. They have a wealth of old items. Go to a flea market or garage sale and scavenge. I have included pictures of artifacts in the material to supplement real artifacts, BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING ALL REAL OBJECTS IF POSSIBLE.
I suggest you group students randomly for the activity. You can do this in a variety of ways. I used to use a deck of cards and make pairs. The students then drew a card & students with the same numbered card became partners. This works for up to (26) students. You can also use cards for groups of 3 or 4 students.
There are examples of the comparison chart for old & new objects, and one for moving around the room looking at the old objects in the packet.
*JUST A WORD: I have provided a sheet called The Informative Artifact that you might want to give the students to introduce them to the concepts of artifacts, archaeology, & archaeologists. In your discussion with the students, be sure to explain that archaeologists use a system of educated guessing based on factual knowledge to identify artifacts & their uses. That is what you want students to use.