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Activity 2.3
Museum Exhibit Challenge

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1. Ask students to explore a museum exhibit or find images of museum exhibits online to decide what qualities make an exhibit both informative and engaging.

2. Distribute Handout 2.3 and review the Museum Exhibit Challenge with your students.

3. If your students are unfamiliar with definitions of primary and secondary sources, refer to Toolkit: Defining Primary and Secondary Sources - Learning Centre, Library and Archives Canada at

4. Evaluation: Use Handout 2.4 as a formative checklist at different times during work on the project to evaluate student progress on their final product.

Variations and Extensions

Students could:

  • create replicas of "artifacts" using found objects or arts and crafts materials.
  • justify their selection or creation of "artifacts" by explaining their historical significance.
  • visit or research local Chinese communities and interview or record the stories of local members of the Chinese community.
  • use Statistics Canada's website to research the demographic profile of Chinese Canadians, for example, see lesson ideas at
  • use your school's display case, one of the hallways, or the classroom to display a museum-like exhibit.

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