Material Culture Teacher Resources

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Louisiana Crafts and Domestic Arts

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Discuss with the class the reasons for identifying and defining the term material culture as refering to a vast array of objects and activities that people make and do traditionally. Your class can identify diverse crafts and decorative...
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The Treaty Trail: U.S. - Clothing That Talks: Meaning and Material Culture

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students investigate the cultures of Native Americans and Euro-Americans through their clothing.  In this photograph analysis lesson, students observe historic photographs and analyze the style of clothes people wore and how it signifies...
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Traditional Crafts and Decorative Arts in Louisiana Worksheet

For Students 6th - 11th
This resource outlines an extensive list of websites about different kinds of material culture in Louisiana. The list covers five categories: outdoor and indoor crafts, Louisiana folk life articles, quilt making, house types, and general...
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Using Objects from Material Culture to Create an Abstract Symbolic Sculpture

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders create sculptures using objects from contemporary material culture to explore issues that are relevant to a world issue and to the student's own life.
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Folk and Popular Culture

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Good enough for a college class, this resources discusses multiple aspects pertaining to the issues with globalization and the differences between pop and folk culture. It defines major terminology, provides concrete examples, and...
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Scarab Beetle

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students research the importance of symbols to the material culture of the Ancient Egyptians. They investigate the use and meaning of the scarab in Egyptian culture and recreate the Egyptian artifact using white Crayola Model Magic.
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Mapping Material Culture Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this folk regions worksheet, students study the objects by visiting the URL links, and then decide whether each of the 25 belongs in the North Louisiana, South Louisiana, or New Orleans folk regions.
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Ancient Egyptian Profile

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore the meaning of the term "material culture" and its role in piecing together the past. They research ancient Egyptian material culture and the style of ancient Egyptian art. They then reproduce a portrait in the manner of...
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Plains Indians

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students design a realistic replica of a Crow or Kiowa circular shield. They examine the material culture of the Plains Indians and the role of shields for the Crow and Kiowa. They study animal symbolism as used by North America's...
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Traditional Crafts

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students create art work that examines the role of craft in our culture. They assess and apply complex image development techniques to create artwork that communicates intentions. They explain why cultures develop various expressions...
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Art Across the Planet: Exchanging Art

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore art when it is used as a source of information about society and material culture. They communicate with students in a foreign country, and share ideas and experiences in order to create drawings of their homes to exchange.
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Deerfield Visit: Reading a House/Place (Ebenezer Hinsdale Williams House)

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the relationship between economic level and material culture: markers of gentility (architecture, material goods) as demonstrated by a single structure.
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17th Century Music and Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore American history through hands-on use and demonstration of musical material culture representing early colonial America. They compare the music of colonial America to modern music.
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Reading Artifacts

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners explore and analyze categorizing objects, material culture artifacts, from a variety of perspectives, to consider the story behind each one. They research skills by assessing how to look at artifacts as cultural outsiders would....
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Natural and Recycled Materials Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this teaching and learning through objects worksheet, students find and research at least eight material culture artifacts made from different materials by using the websites listed on worksheet.
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Understanding Artifacts

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students will develop a greater awareness of the things surrounding them and will be able to build a bridge between their own material culture and that of an imaginary figure from the past. This lesson focuses on the significance of...
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The Story of an Old Piano

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars read excerpts from The Story of an Old Piano. They choose a personal object and write paragraphs from the object's point of view. Their stories can be bound for the class library.
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Pricing Your Craft Worksheet

For Students 11th - 12th
This cross-curricular activity could be used to teach economics, business, practical math, and more. Learners pretend they are craftspeople and choose a craft to market. Using a graphic organizer and provided models, class members...
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Changing Images of Childhood in America: Colonial, Federal and Modern England

For Teachers K - 4th
Students compare and contrast maps of New Haven, Connecticut from today and the past. After taking a field trip, they draw sketches of the types of architecture and discuss how the buildings have changed over time. They read journal...
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Masonic Plaque in the Form of a Royal Arch Tracing Board

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students analyze a piece of American folk art. In this folk art lesson, students read the background information for the Masonic Plaque in the form of a Royal Arch Tracing Board. Students analyze the symbols for the art by answering the...
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Map Facts Worksheet

For Students 6th - 8th
In this geography, ecology, and folklife worksheet, students search Louisiana maps of their choosing to discover the factual information required to complete the graphic organizer.
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How To Think Like An Archaeologist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars take a field trip to historical Jamestown. Using artifacts given to them, they must identify them and discover who would have used them and for what purpose. They create a database to organize the information and share...
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Egyptian Tomb Art: Expressions of Religious Beliefs

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders are introduced to the Prown's technique of describing various objects. As a class, they view pictures of the pyramids in Egypt and discuss how the size and shape of them show their belief in eternal life and religion. ...
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Interpreting Selected Works of Art from the 20th Century African-American Experience

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine pieces of art by African-American artists in the 20th Century. For each piece, they are shown slides of the artwork and others by the artist to identify the techniques used. In groups, they discuss and research the...

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