This activity is modeled upon the Antiques Roadshow where people bring in objects to find out what they are and how much they would be worth today.
Students are given an object or an image of a unique or unusual object. They are instructed to write the story of the object to include:
- The name of the object
- What it was used for
- What time period was it used in
- What current day object replaced it
- Why did it fall out of use
- How much did it cost to buy originally and how much is it worth today.
Teachers may give as little or as much information about the object as they desire. The goal is for students to explore reasons something, like the object, might have been designed.