If you’ve ever had the chance to work with Keil Hileman, you know how powerful the use of historical objects and artifacts can be. His classroom is literally filled with thousands of objects, all of which he uses to suck kids into thinking deeply about history.
He once had his kids create a full-size replica of the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 and still uses it as part of his instruction. Get a sense of what that looks like by going here.
There are lots of other ways to use objects and another useful resource is this Smithsonian National History of American History pre-recorded webinar. Jenny Wei does a great job of walking you through all sorts of ideas for using artifacts as teaching tools.
A couple of other handy sites:
- Teaching with Museum Collections
- Teaching Yourself to Teach with Objects
- Teaching History with Real Artifacts: Six Strategies