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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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  School: FAIR School
(Fine Arts Interdisciplinary
Resource School)
  Location: Crystal, MN
  Grade: 6
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Social Studies
Language Arts
  Description: Students analyze artifacts and create exhibitions.

Analyzing a Culture — The Story Continues

Student examining an artifact Program Summary
Students become archeologists, analyzing artifacts from other student-created cultures. They then design a museum exhibit from those artifacts.

This program is the second of two parts. For part one see Creating a Culture – The Story Begins.

Preview the Program Student Work Gallery
  The Integrated Instruction
Rick Wright Rick Wright, 6th-Grade Teacher
After spring break, the creation part of the unit is over. The kids bundle up all of their artifacts and hand them off to another group in a different classroom. Students then get to wear the hats of archaeologists. They have to interpret another group’s culture through their artifacts and figure out what that civilization was like.
Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet, Visual Art Teacher
Near the end of the Island Cultures project, I took all of the sixth-graders to the local art museum and we looked at art from a variety of ancient cultures. We paid a lot of attention to how the exhibits were curated, because the kids take the artifacts that the other groups created and curate little mini-exhibits. They needed to start thinking consciously, not just about the artworks, how the artworks are created, and how those artworks relate to culture, but also about how archaeologists and art historians present the artworks of ancient cultures to the pubic.

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