Educator Resources

Analyze an Artifact or Object

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Meet the artifact.

Magnifying glass

  • What do you think it is?

Observe its parts.

  • What do you think the object is made out of? Circle all that apply.
    Bone Ceramic Pottery Fabric Glass Leather Metal Paper Plastic Stone Wood
  • How do you think the object feels? Circle all that apply.
    Heavy Light Smooth Rough Hard Soft
  • What is the color of the object?
  • What is the shape of the object?
  • What size is the object? Circle one.
    Small like a coin Medium like a basketball Large like a car
  • What are three words that describe the object?

Try to make sense of it.

  • What do you think the object was used for?
  • Who do you think would have used the object?
  • What does the object tell us about the time period when it was made and used?
  • Do we still use this object today? If so, how is it different?

Use it as historical evidence.

  • Where do you think you could find out more information about the object or the people who used it?

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