Lesson Plan

Teaching with Objects: Lower Elementary

Historical objects are a tool to learn about people, places, and events.

During this lesson, students explore how objects can be used to learn about people, places, and events from the past. Students work together to examine objects and try to unravel the stories they represent. Through this process, students begin to understand some of the strategies that historians use to learn about the past.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Understand that objects provide information about people, places, and events.
  • Make predictions based on observations.

Grade Levels

Lower Elementary | Grades 1‐3


1‐3 class periods

Related Programs

All, Uses content from Meet Victoria

Essential Questions

  • How do historians learn about the past?
  • How can observations help us to make predictions?


(see appendix)

  • Object Study Worksheet
  • Exploring a Tenement Museum Object Worksheet
  • Objects brought in by students (to be assigned in pre‐lesson prep)
  • Sample object brought in by teacher


  • History
  • Detectives
  • Artifacts

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