Object Observation: Purpose on a Powder Horn?

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Young archeologists discover the significance of ordinary objects from the past in an interesting lesson on artifact analysis. The activity focuses on examining the image of a powder horn from the Revolutionary War to understand what it explains about the people who created the object. Scholars complete a worksheet, participate in group discussion, and create an image of a powder horn to further analyze its importance. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners research common items Revolutionary War soldiers carried 
  • Compare the powder horn to objects soldiers carry in the field today 
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity is from Through Their Eyes: Major Causes and Events of the American Revolution Teacher Resource Guide 

Pros
  • Activity works for remote learning situations
  • The resource is adaptable for elementary to secondary students 
Cons
  • None