Heirloom Project

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today I am introducing the Heirloom project. Students will be doing the research for this project as purposeful and relevant homework: – choose a family heirloom or artifact – ask relatives about the object, its purpose/function, how it came to be in the family, why it was passed on through the generations, its significance.

The students have the Family Heirloom Cataloging Data worksheet. Use this as a guide to gather information they should research for the heirloom they have chosen to study. The project is due on Thursday, November 17th.

Blank Heirloom Template:
heirloom-blank

Sample Completed Project:
heirloom-example

Project Rubric:

Some guiding questions: What is it? – Define it’s shape, size and color. – Condition (rusty, broken, bent, decayed)? – Of what is it made? – When was it made? – Where was it made? – How was it made? – Who used it? – For what was it used? – What special attributes does it have? – Is there an oral or written history? – Other facts you know about this object. – Sources of information.

Students will come home with a blank “Family Heirloom Cataloguing Data” sheet to use as their ROUGH DRAFT. The rough draft MUST be checked by me before proceeding to complete the final draft digitally using Google Docs.

Once the students have completed the final copy of the data sheet they will give a short presentation about his or her heirloom during a “gallery walk” in class.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

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