Activity: The Great Pontchartrain Pursuit, Section II
Collecting & Cataloging Evidence & Artifacts


  • Participate in a scavenger hunt to find and collect artifacts and information (primary and secondary sources) about the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin;

  • Catalog and organize the artifacts and information in a meaningful way.


Getting Ready:

  1. Divide the class into cooperative learning teams, assigning each group a number. Assign roles of writers/ editors, investigators, interviewers, and graphic designers.

  2. Arrange a trip to a local library for research time in the Louisiana Room. Many of the books will be reference only. Prepare the students in advance for note-taking and making Xerox copies.


  1. Explain to the students that they are about to begin a scavenger hunt for artifacts and information about the history of the culture in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Explain that their final goal is to prepare a documentary which will be presented along with the artifacts and other evidence and information to the class in the form of an oral presentation.

  2. In their groups, the students make a plan for completing the assignments on the Handout: The Great Pontchartrain Pursuit Scavenger Hunt. Each student may participate in two or more of the job groups. They use the Handout: Group Assignments to divide up the tasks.

  3. During homework time and on organized trips to the school or public library, the students begin to amass information and find artifacts.

  4. During class time, the students work in their cooperative groups to catalog the artifacts, using the Handout: Artifact Information Record Sheet. They need to organize the information in a meaningful logical way; they must support their decisions.

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