1. Put students into groups of 4-5. They are each to
be given a copy of Handout 1 (Instructions for kits)
listing Part 1 of the activity.
Go over instructions and make sure they all understand
their objectives. They
can begin by using text books
to begin research as well as discussing among themselves
what objects they can bring to class.
Assign the continent/region and time period.
Europe – 11th
to 15th century (late middle ages)
b. Europe – post 15th century
c. Africa – 13th to 16th century
d. China – 11th to 15th century (late middle ages)
e. Americas – post 15th century
f. Middle East – 12th to 14th century
Two - Four
4. They will have 1 day of library research time to
find information about their region/place.
They will have 1 day of computer research time to locate
maps for printing if the library
They will have 1 day to decorate their box and finalize
information for their kits.
7. 25 minutes to finish kits.
When done putting kits together, they will be assessed
on their ability to use
answer any questions.
Students must sit with their groups. Once seated, display
Allow students 20-30 minutes to answer the questions.
Part 3 will be a Museum Walk in which the kits will be opened
and displayed. Students from each group must take turns standing
by their kits explaining their region/continent to visiting
can do additional research. Collect objects from home: spices,
animal toys, vehicles, building materials (ex. wood, metal,
glass), etc. Allow for some creative license.
research materials, objects collected, maps designed,
and finished assembled kits can be assessed.
Effective communication skills during Museum Walk can
by the number of successful answers to testing questions
posed to the students and the use of their kits to answer