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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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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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 plan, students observe historic photographs and analyze the style of clothes people wore and how it...
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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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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
Young scholars 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...
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Scarab Beetle

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners 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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Plains Indians

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Young scholars 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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Natural and Recycled Materials Worksheet

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

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students 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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Understanding Artifacts

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars 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 instructional activity focuses on...
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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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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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Arts, Crafts and Regional Architecture

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your secondary students trace a region's architecture and its associated crafts. Specifically the lesson focuses upon the Lower Rio Grande region and student reflect upon the significant changes in the region over the past 200 years. ...
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AIH-14: Changes to American Indian Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore American Indian cultures and changes caused by European exploration in North America.
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Basics of Archaeology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify what and how to complete an Archaeological excavation is conducted. They identify the transition from one layer to the next more easily if the colors of the layers are different. When creating a dig, the...
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Accepting Another Culture

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore multicultural tolerance. In this multicultural character development and social studies lesson, students define and discuss words related to multicultural intolerance. Students view "Molly's Pilgrim" and discuss examples...
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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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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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Movement and Migration: the Gold Nugget that launched the Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students learn what it was like to be a gold miner. In this California gold rush lesson, students watch a movie about the California gold rush and discuss what they learned. Students use the Internet to examine the gold nugget that...

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