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Burton 4th Grade Social Studies Classes Study Ancient Ohio Cultures and Artifacts

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Students in Mrs. Wadsworth’s 4th grade Social Studies classes recently studied artifacts and ancient cultures in Ohio. For the Project Based Learning (PBL) activity, “Artifacts of the Past and Present”, students were asked to learn about and create an Ohio Native American artifact and then share with the class what they learned.  Examples included a fish trap, model wigwam and longhouse, clay pottery and cradleboard.  Students also discussed how one day they would be leaving artifacts for future generations to discover.  To demonstrate, each student chose an item that they would leave in a time capsule for future generations and archaeologists to study and learn about our culture.  Students also created a “virtual” time capsule featuring drawings of items they would include and provided an explanation of why the item was important to leave in the time capsule. Overall, the hands-on learning activity helped students to understand the connection between artifacts of the past and future.

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