Artifact Research Activity

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Artifacts give us the privilege of learning about the past, may it be family, culture, or traditions. Here, class members learn about their family's past with the help of an artifact, or family heirloom. Once an artifact is discovered, pupils interview a family member that can tell the artifact's story, then share that story with their peers through written and artistic representation.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Attach completed quilt pieces to make one large class quilt 
  • Give learners the option to bring in photos of a family artifact so not to damage or lose it
  • Invite family members to come and share their stories about important life lessons appropriate for school 
Classroom Considerations
  • Remind class members to ask for permission prior to bringing in a family heirloom, and be extra careful with it at school
  • The activity is the fifth of nine in a series 
  • Some portions of the lesson are designed as homework 
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  • The lesson encourages family interaction and learning about their background 
  • Does not include a quilt piece template