Shae got to visit our Artifact Box partners during a February visit to Utah and she created this terrific power point! Click on utahproject.pptx Download File to see photos, information and a few questions from her trip.
Reporting On the Project
Clue One by Jimmy
We were doing the Artifact Box project in Mrs. Miller’s class. I helped with clue one. It was the temperature and the rainfall and the snowfall and the weather. We found the weather for a whole year.
I also did clue 9. I found the soil type where we are. It was Alfisol. We put a soil sample in a test tube and there was a website address to a website with a map of soil types in America.
I also helped with clue 14. We found the state rock and mineral. The state rock was Bituminous Coal.
The Artifact Box Project was fun, educational, and a lot of work. My two clues were clue one, about our state weather, and clue eight about what kind of clothes we wear. Now I will tell you about clues one and eight.
When I did clue number one, I used internet only. I presented my clue on a big, white piece of paper. Then I printed out a paper with the average snowfall and rainfall, average temperature, and historical temperature on it, and I cut them out and stapled them to the big piece of paper. I did this clue with Jimmy Bostic.
Clue eight was about what kind of clothes we wear most often. I went around the class and asked what kind of clothes we wear. I found out that we wear tee shirts, jeans, and jerseys most often. We made a paper doll chain and pictures of our faces were on their heads. We decorated the bodies like clothes. I worked on this clue with Isabella Bottini.
Clue Two by Cole
On clue two, I learned about topology. We did little work until the last few days. I learned that over half of West Virginia is forest. To present it, we found a topology map. I drew it on paper. It was fun to learn about our county. We searched for Jackson County, WV topography.
Clue 14 I learned on weebly.com how to identify fossils. We learned what our state gem is. It is fossil coral. We presented it with a coal miner helmet with coal fastened to it. It was a great experience for me. I love to learn about rocks.
I did clue fourteen with Cole Neal, Shae Perky, and Jimmy Bostic. We worked on rocks and minerals. West Virginia’s state rock is Bituminous Coal and the state mineral is Mississippian or Fossil Coral. We used Google to find out this information. Our clue included a piece of Bituminous Coal on the back of a miner’s helmet. A lot of coal mining happens in West Virginia. Our clue was to identify the miner’s helmet. – Lincoln Cottrell
Evan Anderson’s report
The Artifact Box Project was a fun and challenging project that my class did with another class somewhere in America. I worked on clues 7, 19, 23, and 25. Clue seven was for Population, clue 19 was Historic Landmarks, clue 23 was Recreational Activities, and clue 25 was Immigration Patterns.
I worked with Kaleb on clue 7 and we tried to make the population in a math problem, but we decided to write down facts about West Virginia. On clue 19 I worked with Gillian, and we both made posters including important landmarks in our state. I used the Episcopal Church where Mother’s Day was started and the site of Matewan Miner’s Strike. I worked with Aaliyah and Kaleb on clue 23. We made a pictograph of our classes favorite activities which were basketball, school, baseball, softball, rollerblading, and gymnastics. On clue 25 I worked with Gillian and we found out information on early settlers and natives like Morgan Morgan and Chief Cornstalk.
The Artifact Box project was fun to do and helped us learn to work together.
Shae Purkey wrote...
The Artifact Box project was something my class worked on. Some of the clues I worked on were clue#5, food product. For that I brought in honey and a pepperoni recipe and helped with the clue card. I also helped a tiny little bit with clue#14. I helped to find our state rock and gemstone. They are Bituminous coal and Mississippian fossil coral. I also did a lot of clue#18. I found facts and animals in our state and I made a slide show about typical West Virginia animals. It was so much fun. I loved doing the Artifact Box clues.
In the Artifact Box project, I worked on clues 3, 17, and 24. In clue number three, the assignment was to locate a sample of non-edible vegetation local to our town. What is your state tree or flower? What are local trees? What are local plants?
In the Artifact Box, I put together some clues to send. I'm going to tell you about one of them. It is the map clue. It was my favorite clue I did in the project. I'm now going to tell you about it, and why I liked it so much.
My clue was clue number twelve. It was a puzzle with just a portion of the state maps and the panhandles. I also made a puzzle out of all the counties in the state. I had a lot of maps, but I only chose the ones I liked the best. Ali and I worked on the clue together. It was my favorite clue because it was fun to do. It was hard to make it really hard for them. That is why the map clue was my favorite clue to do in the project. Aaliyah
Hello! I’m Rylee and I’m in Mrs. Miller’s 4th -5th grade gifted reading class. We are doing The Artifact Box Project right now. I did clues 5, 13, 16, and 21. Let me tell you more about my clues. Clue number 5 is a local food product. My partner for this clue was Shae. At first we weren’t so lucky. We couldn’t really find anything on the internet. Then we brought in a lot of samples. When we were ready to present, we put them in bags with rough material and then we tied the clue card to the bag with jute string.
For clue number 13, my partners were Aaliyah and Mya. This clue was local advertisements. We had to narrow it down because most of them gave away where we were. Most of them came up in Chicago. When we were ready to present, we laminated the sheet with advertisements.
Clue number 16 was a clue for local food and recipes. I did not have a partner for this clue. My friend Gillian brought in recipes and Shae brought in a recipe for pepperoni rolls like those invented for miners to put in their lunch pails.
Clue number 21 was a little tricky. It took me a while to get that clue ready to present. This clue was newspaper headlines. I glued pictures whit Ripley soccer and Ravenswood football headlines.
The Artifact Box Project was a very exciting and fun way of learning about my region and state. The Artifact Box Project was hard, medium and easy all at the same time. I would love to do it again in the Spring.
Sierra Hunt says …
I did research on West Virginia's local trees, state tree, and state flower. I found the most reliable resource was 50 states.com.
My second clue was clue number 17. My assignment was to describe our state bird, animal, and insect. I found that our state bird is a cardinal, state animal is a black bear, and our state insect is the honey bee. Through research, I found that the cardinal males are brighter than the females. I also found out that cardinals do not migrate. The next animal we did was the black bear. The black bear is a shy animal, and it eats mostly berries and other vegetation. The last animal we did was the honey bee. I found that the honey bee is the only bee that produces honey. The decided resource was www.statesymbolsusa.org. We sent them puzzles to find our state bird, animal, and insect.
My last clue, 24, was local authors. We sent a book called Golden Delicious Apple by Anna Egan Smucker. We wrote on the package, "Do Not Open until Clue is Solved." The clue we gave them was: this is a story about a farmer who discovers a new kind of gold.
Hello, my name is Gillian….
My class did something called an Artifact Box. An artifact is an item that is man-made. We ship the box to a different state and they have to guess where it came from. We get a box back from them and we have to guess where it came from. In each box we put clues to help them figure out where the box came from. Let me tell you what clues I had and the process it took.
My clues were number 19 (historic landmarks) and clue 25 (original immigration patterns.) For 19, my partner was Evan. We looked up historic landmarks in West Virginia. We chose the site of the first Mother’s Day and Matewan, where there was an historic miner’s strike. We pasted these photos to a piece of paper and wrote some facts about each one.
For clue 25 my partners were Evan and Mya. We looked up the first people in West Virginia. They were called the Early Hunters. Then we looked up mounds in West Virginia. We printed a picture of Grave Creek Mound and glued it to a piece of paper. We put the clue card under it and wrote facts about the Early Hunters on the back.
Artifact Box Clues (Criteria)
CLUE # 1: Weather and Climate
Describe the weather in your region and town.
Locate local newspapers and clip daily weather report maps and forecasts for each of the following months: February, May, August, and November. Make a copy of each of the four maps and forecasts, and include them as one clue. Be sure to blacken out, white-out or cut out any mention of your town or state name. You may want to mount each map on tag board and laminate the maps for durability. Another option is to copy the artifact on a copy machine after you have removed or covered up obvious information.
• Where might you find old copies of last year's newspapers?
• What other ways could you illustrate the weather patterns of your town?
• What clue might you give to the finder to help him or her read the weather maps and forecasts and determine your region of the country?
• What are the best references for finding this information?
• Include information like average rainfall, temperature, yours of daylight at different times of the year,
• What are innovative or creative ways to display your information?
CLUE # 2: Geography and Land Forms
Describe topology of the land in your town and region.
Topographical Map: Find or create a map of the landforms in your area.
• What are the important landforms in your state, region, or town?
• How could you illustrate those landforms?
• How could you describe how the land is used (now and past)
CLUE # 3: Non-Edible Vegetation
Describe the vegetation in your town and region.
Locate a sample of local vegetation that is non-edible (the peas from your cafeteria won't be considered non-edible vegetation for this project!). How will you decide which vegetation will be a good clue for your location? How large should it be? Will it rot? Be sure that it will fit in a Zip-Lock bag and that you can find a good reference book to suggest to help in identifying the sample. Please be sure that it is a typical piece of vegetation and not a highly unusual one.
• What is the state flower tree or other vegetation??
• What are the local trees?
• What are the local plants?
• What else grows in your area?
CLUE # 4: Tree Leaves, Branch, and Bark
Describe the kinds of trees in your town and region.
Locate a small branch containing a few leaves and a small piece of bark from a tree that is very typical to your area. Follow the guidelines with Clue #3. Why must you include a branch with leaves on it rather than just a single leaf? Don't forget to recommend a good tree identification field guide for the Clue Sheet. If the leaf is brittle you may want to seal it in contact paper or iron on wax paper before you send it.
• What is the most prevalent tree in your town? How would you find out?
• What is the state tree?
• What uses do people in your region use trees for?
CLUE # 5: Food Product
Describe the foods that are produced in your area.
Find a sample of a food product that is produced in this area. It can be a local cash crop or a manufactured food product like candy or prepared foods. Be careful to remove any writing that would give away the town or state location on the package. Is it wise to include a food sample that might rot or decay? What unique foods come from your area?
• What food is produced in your town?
CLUE # 6: Manufactured Product
Describe a product that is manufactured in your town and region. Research products that are manufactured close to your town. Which products or industries are the most common? How will you include the product in your Artifact Box? Will you use a picture or model? A sample of the products? A box that used to contain the product? What clues will you write on the Clue Card?
• Are there any products or industries that are particularly identified with your region of the country or state?
• What is the most important product produced in your town?
CLUE # 7: Population
Describe the population in your town and region.
How can you find out the number of people that are living in your town? Who could give you that information if you were to make a local telephone call? How recent would you like the information to be? Write this number on an index card; label it as the population figure for your town. You might wish to include different population figures for the history of your town to show how and when the population has changed. How can you suggest a reference for this clue without giving away your state or province, or, will the researcher need to know your area first?
• What is the distribution of the population by ethnicity, religious denomination, heritage, age, gender, or other category?
• What has changed over the past 500 years? 200 years? 100 years? 50 years? 25 years, etc.
CLUE # 8: Typical Clothing
Describe the clothing work in your town and region throughout the year. How can you include examples of typical clothing for your area? Just exactly what is typical? Will you choose summer, winter, fall or spring styles? Or all of them? Why? How will you insure that the clothing is truly typical for your region? Is there any kind of clothing or piece of apparel that is unique to your area? What information will you provide for the Clue Card?
• What kinds of clothes do most people wear most of the year?
• What is the most common clothing in summer, fall, winter, spring?
CLUE # 9: Soil Sample
Describe the kind of soil that you have in your town and region.
We need some soil that is common to your region. Where is the best place to go for this sample? It may be a good idea to include photographs of your local topography as well. What reference book or resource person could help you make this a meaningful clue? What information could you include on the Clue Card? This can be a fascinating, but difficult, artifact to collect and reference.
• What is soil made of? What is different between your soil and soil in other places?
• What expert can you find to help you answer these questions?
CLUE # 10: Class Picture
Describe the students in your classrooms.
Take a photograph of all of the people who helped make this Artifact Box. Include a caption to identify the names of the people. Might the names also be a clue to your location? Can you find an instant camera to use for this photograph? What might you include in the picture to serve as clues to the location of your town? This will be a good time to learn about photography skills. Don't forget to include helpful information on the Clue Card.
• What clues can you hide in your picture to suggest the location of your town?
CLUE # 11: Telephone Book Sample
Describe the town by using clues from a local telephone book.
Find an old copy of your town's telephone book. Is there a section in the yellow and/or white pages that you might cut out, mount and laminate for inclusion in the box?
• How can telephone numbers help identify a region or town?
• Will you let them see the numbers of your area code? Why or why not?
• If you decide to use a yellow pages' ad, how will you decide which ad to use? What clues will you suggest that won't be too obvious or difficult? Are there advertisements for products or services that are unique to your town or region?
CLUE # 12: Portion Of State Or Province Map
Describe the location of your town based on an incomplete map of the town or region.
Find a state or province map and cut out a two-inch square portion of it to include for this clue. How will you determine what you will include on the piece you cut out? Will you include highways, rivers, or cities? You may need to blacken out some names. Perhaps you can include only parts of some names. What books can you suggest for references?
• Where will you find a map?
• How will you decide which part of the map to use?
• Will you show any highways, rivers, landmarks or railroads?
• Is there anything printed on the map that makes it too obvious? Should it be blackened or cut out?
• Don't forget to mount the map on cardboard or heavy paper and laminate it or cover it with clear contact paper. What other ways can you display the information?
CLUE # 13: Local Advertisements
Describe your town or region based on advertisements in the local media.
Read the advertisements in the local newspaper for three or four days. Do you find some ads for jobs or goods that you would consider typical for your town? Which will you choose to put into your box? Mount them on poster board and laminate them. How can these be used as clues? Will you allow street names and telephone numbers to remain on the ads or will you blacken them out? It might be fairly difficult to turn this artifact into a usable clue for the reader. Be very careful about your decision to include certain ads.
CLUE # 14: Rock Or Mineral
Describe the geology of your town and region.
Find a few typical rocks or minerals found in this area and package them in Zip-Lock bags. How can you be sure that these are typical for your region? Who might you consult to help you make this decision? What reference book will you suggest the reader use to identify these samples?
• What is the state rock?
• What is the state mineral?
CLUE # 15: Typical Home
Describe the typical home in your town and region.
Find or take photographs of typical homes found in your town. What will you include as being "typical"? You might wish to include homes that are the oldest in your town. How will the homes you include be of use in discovering your location? Is there something about homes in your area that is not typical of other homes in the country or world? Is there a home that has special historical or architectural value? If so, be sure to include this feature in your photograph (or model) and mention it on the Clue Card. Where can the researcher go to find out the information about these houses?
CLUE # 16: Regional/Local Foods and Recipes
Describe the regional foods that are representative your town and region.
Find a local recipe book. Make sure it includes regional foods. Find a recipe or two that is well known and copy or write them out. You must be careful to include a local recipe. If not, the clue will not be of any use to the reader. For instance, mashed potatoes are made in many parts of the world, but boiled lobsters are famous only in certain parts of the world. Where or to whom might you suggest the researcher go to find the clue's answer?
• What is the most popular kind of restaurant in your town? How would you find out?
CLUE # 17: State Birds and Animal
Describe the official birds, animals, insects, or other legally or adopted creatures
Try making this clue more interesting by including an index card that lists the scientific name for your creatures. You may need to consult a field guide or ornithologist to be sure that you have the proper name.
• Would you also like to include a picture or model of the creature? Why or why not?
• What will you write on the Clue Card to help the researcher find the answer?
• What book can he or she use to find the scientific name?
CLUE # 18: Animal
Describe the kinds of animals indigenous to your town or region.
Can you find a picture or make a model of an animal that is common and typical of your region? You may need to include more than one in order to make this clue useful. Don't include a picture of your pet cat or hamster. What we really need is a wild, undomesticated animal. How will you decide what animals are common to your region? It might be fun to arrange a visit to see some of these animals, or to have them visit us! Can you suggest a reference book that tells where the animals are commonly located?
CLUE # 19: Historic Landmark
Describe the kinds of historic landmarks in your town and region.
Are there any historic landmarks or famous buildings in your town or area? What are they? Are they well-know? Remember that you should recommend a book or resource that the researchers can also find if they are to locate the location of the clue. Include photographs and descriptions on the Clue Card for each historic location.
CLUE # 20: Famous Person
Describe the people who were born in your town. Lived a substantial amount of time, or did something notable in your town and region.
Ask several people around town for the name of famous people, living or dead, who live or used to live here. It isn't necessary that the people have spent all of their lives here. Now, can you find a photograph of these people or person? Will you include their names or just the pictures? How will you suggest the finder attempt to identify the persons and find out where they lived?
• National, State or Local leader
• Artist or Musician
• Actor or Actress
CLUE # 21: Newspaper Headline
Describe the stories that are common in your local newspaper.
Take a careful look at the headlines of your local newspapers for the next few days. Are there any headlines that a person living far away could use to discover your location? You may also want to look at newspaper headlines from the past year or so. How will you find these old newspapers? Be sure to include headlines that refer to local or state issues that are recognizable as being from your area. You will need to include a few headlines to make this clue meaningful. How will you suggest the researcher solving this clue find out the needed information? This can be a very tricky clue to assemble.
• Does your town have a local newspaper?
• Does your school district have a newspaper? School?
CLUE # 22: Letter Envelope
Describe the location of the town with partial postal code.
For this clue you will need to find a letter that was mailed from your local post office and has a local postmark on the envelope. Clip the cancelled postage stamp and cancellation circle from the envelope. Blacken the last two or three numbers on the zip code or postal code and attach this piece of paper to poster board before you laminate it. How is this a helpful clue? Where can the researcher go to research your location?
CLUE # 23: Recreational Activities
Describe the common recreational activities of your town.
What are the most popular sports, cultural or recreational activities that are offered in your region? Can you find ticket stubs, brochures or objects that advertise this event or place? Be sure to blacken out any give-away names. Include the items you collect along with suggestions for finding their location on the Clue Card.
CLUE 24: Local Author or Illustrator
Describe the local authors or styles of writing that have been common to your region or town.
Who are some regional or local authors that have published from your area (Thanks to Tricia Beck Sycamore Elementary School; Corona de Tucson, AZ)
CLUE # 25: Original Inhabitants and Immigration Patterns
Describe the immigration patterns of your area over time.
• Who were the original human inhabitants of your region? How did they live? What happened to them?
• What cultural groups have come to your area over the years? What are the local customs that have changed over the years (food, housing, transportation, etc,)
• Should your clue provide the name of the native inhabitants, or will examples of the ancestral clothing or housing be sufficient? (Thanks to Victoria Lynne Williams, a student in the R.I.S.E. Program in Bellevue, Ohio, for suggesting this clue!)
CLUE # 26: Other Helpful Clues
Please select one or more of these clues to describe your region or town
Can you think of other artifacts that would be helpful to the students to whom you send your box? Is there a special artifact that you would like to include that we haven't included? You can make this clue easy or tricky to solve. It can even be an original picture, story or poem. It could be a puzzle that you create. It may involve science, history, geography, art, music, or whatever! Be creative! Write a letter to the Artifact Box Exchange Network Director about your new clue. He may include it in future Artifact Box direction sheets!
• National Park located near town or annual pageant or festival. Contributed by Gail Barduson, Dolson Hill School.
• Picture of state quarter or logo from a company in the state or town. Contributed by Kathy Hardesty, Smith School
• State Flower, State Wild Animal, State Tree, or School Mascot. Contributed by Mary Melville, Ludlow Elementary School.
• The oldest _____ found in your state or town; the first _____ found in your state or town; the most _____ found in your state or town, etc. Contributed by Norma Metz, Carpenter Elementary School.
• Include legends, myths, or folklore from your area. Contributed by Deb Rose, Riverstone Community School, Boise, Idaho.
• Include an edible clue that can be easily shipped. Contributed by Alyson Boyer, McMurray Elementary.
• Include picture puzzles, brainteasers, riddles, hands-on activities, class videos, etc. to showcase clues. Contributed by Jan Hoeffler, Parkview Intermediate School.
• Include a picture of the state capitol building or well-known colleges, etc. (Contributed by Mark Appleby, Moore Elementary School, Bath, Pennsylvania)
• Historical Event, Famous Homes, or Festivals Contributed by Paula White, Crozet Elementary School, Albemarle County Schools.