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Hands-On History Kits

Each Hands-On Kit contains:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Reproduction artifacts
  • Discovery worksheet
  • Glossary
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Primary sources
  • Illustrations

Choose from four Hands-On History Kits

  • Lady's Pocket

    Eighteenth-century women tied on pockets under their skirts and reached through slits in their petticoats to retrieve items. This lady's pocket contains a fan, wig curler, sewing implements (needle case and wax animal), coins (pieces of eight), seal and wax, Aesop's Fables playing cards, receipt (recipe), and a teacher guide.

    Grades 3-8
    Item # 746891

  • American Indian Bandolier Bag

    Excite your students' imaginations with this kit: a powder horn, clay pipe, three strings of trade beads, swatches of deer skin and red wool broadcloth, pieces of trade silver, small wooden spoon, musket ball, and a teacher guide all stored in a cotton canvas bag like those used by eighteenth-century American Indians.

    Grades 3-8
    Item # 1269992

  • Slave's Bag

    Eighteenth-century slaves often carried their personal belongings in a bag or basket. This simple drawstring fabric bag contains a bill of sale, oyster shell, flint and steel, wooden spoon, pewter button, piece of chain, feather quill, pair of stockings, and a teacher guide..

    Grades 3-8
    Item # 746909

  • Soldier's Haversack

    Soldier's used a stout canvas bag with a shoulder strap to carry their rations and personal belongings. This Revolutionary War haversack carries a copy of the Virginia Gazette newspaper, dice, a pennywhistle, musket ball, flint and steel, tin cup, cockade, playing cards, and a teacher guide.

    Grades 3-8
    Item # 746883

Discovering the Past through Archaeology
Hands-On Resource Kit

A Classroom Simulation

Each Classroom Simulation kit includes:

  • A modern mystery story that familiarizes students with archeological methods
  • An “excavation site” printable resource
  • Reproduction artifacts (contents vary)
  • Directions for basic site investigation
  • Primary documents and sources

Teachers also receive:

  • Instructions for the archeological activities
  • Background information about archeology
  • Instructions for placing artifacts within the “site”
  • Suggestions for adding additional artifacts
  • Extension activities

Grades 4-8
Item # 986471

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