Lesson Five

Classroom Mini Museum, Showcasing our Collections     

Instructional Objectives

Time Required

Advance Preparation

Materials / Resources Required  



Focus Questions (and responses)



Day Five

  1. Give each student a large sheet of (desk sized) paper for displaying and labeling their collection.

  2. Ask students to label, by writing directly on their paper, each of their categories and to be prepared to defend their classification criteria.

  3. Give each student approximately 15 seconds to share their categories with the class if they have made any changes or additions from Day Four.

  4. Students are given the opportunity to "carousel" and look at the items other students have collected and categorized..

  5. On your signal, ask students to move from desk to desk, show their respect for others' items by not handling the displays while they view their peers' collections.

  6. This classroom fieldtrip will be a preview to the culminating unit activity, creating your Classroom Mini Museum, Lesson 4.

  7. As students return to their own collections, use Focus Questions five through nine, listed above, to stimulate further evaluation of collections.

  8. Replace and store items  in student collection boxes.  Roll large paper and save for Mini Museum "Grand Opening"

  9. Set up a date for a "grand opening" and send out invitations.

Extensions or Follow-up

Illustrative Materials: parent letter, Creating our Classroom Museum


Teacher Observation Evaluation of Ability to Sort and Classify Items in a Collection:



Creates two groups and offers little or no justification for the collection. Re-Teach grouping objective
Creates three to four groups yet offers minimal selection criteria Re-teach generation of criteria
Creates three or more groups and is able to name two or more attributes for each group to justify selection. Continue with creating a second set of groups based on a different criteria.
Creates multiple groups, using explicit attributes, and can re-arrange the collection to fit a different criteria given new attributes. Mastery of grouping objective


Collector's Field Log

Complete Collector's Field Log, complete page for each  item in collection box, detailed illustrations and descriptions. Exceeds Expectations 50-46 Points


Complete Collector's Field Log, page for each item collected, basic illustrations and descriptions, no evidence of detail. Meets Expectations 41-45 Points

40-36 Points



Partially completed Collector's Field Log, missing information on log sheets, all objects represented in log. Minimal Effort 31-35 Points C
Incomplete Collector's Field Log, log pages incomplete, pages do not match items in collection box. Needs Improvement  30  Points or less D

                        *(Points are suggested, may be modified as necessary)




Time Line

Introductory Lesson

"My Gatherings"

Creating a Collection


Lesson Two

Vocabulary Treasure Hunt

Digital Reference Desk


Lesson Three

 Organizing My Collection

Sort and Classify


Lesson Four

"Virtual Museum Tour"

On-Line Dig


Lesson Five

Classroom Mini Museum

Showcasing Collections