Over a dozen artifacts (created by the 4/5 teachers) from a shipwreck off the coast of the Bahamas (hypothetically) were on display in the Hub for our class to examine. In pairs, the children hypothesized at the uses and place of origin of each item ranging from pineapples to a flay displaying the symbol for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
After touring this "museum" we discussed three main questions:
1) What artifacts might reveal what conditions or experiences might be like for the explorers?
2) What artifacts might show what an explorer might have expected on his trip?
3) What were some of the motives for explorers to venture to the Americas?