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Native Americans

by Alistair Durie

This is a 2 part lesson geared toward 2nd grade students learning about Native Americans. The lesson involves the use of computers with the program Kid Pix. Students create a Native American scene in the Kid Pix program and then write about their scene.
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Knowing Native Americans

by Melissa Webber

This unit will introduce students to Native Americans. It will provide an overview of various Native American groups in different geographical locations across America. The unit will progress into an in-depth study of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe, including an examination of daily family life and how the tribe met their basic needs. Furthermore, the unit will cover the Wampanoag’s role in helping the Pilgrims and celebrating the first Thanksgiving. Students will understand that different Native American groups lived in different parts of the country, becoming familiar with their ways of life and family structure. Students will also learn how Native Americans met their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter) with hunting, growing crops, and building. In addition, students will understand contributions that the Native Americans made to our country. Finally, students will gain an appreciation for cultures other than their own. Lessons include: Lesson #1: What do we Know About Native Americans? Lesson #2: Native Americans Migrate from Asia Lesson #3: Regions of North America Lesson #4: Pacific Northwest Native American Nations Lesson #5: Great Basin Native American Nation Lesson #6: Southwest Native American Nation Lesson #7: Plains Native American Nation Lesson #8: Eastern Woodlands Native American Nation Lesson #9: The Life of a Wampanoag Family Lesson #10: The First Thanksgiving I Lesson #11: The First Thanksgiving II Lesson #12: Final Review and Assessment Unit Resources include: Vocabulary Cards KWL Chart Native American Migration Map of Native American Nations Book of Native American Nations Pacific Northwest Nation Great Basin Nation Southwest Nation Plains Nation Eastern Woodlands Nation I am a Wampanoag Child Thanksgiving Venn Diagram Final Assessment Background Information for Teachers
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Florida Native Americans

by Ginger Lindberg

Curricular and reference materials plus activities for teaching the history and culture of Native Americans in Florida.
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Native American Shields

by jessica subramanya

Students will be creating a Native American power shield.
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A concept map for a 2nd grade unit on Native American History and Culture.
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Activities done with fourth grade students in music class that correlated to their Virginia studies, specifically Native American music.
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Influences of Local Native American Traditions
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This lesson introduces students to Native American origin myths. Students research myths, summarize and illustrate the myth, and perform it for the class. This lesson should take one 90-minute class period or two 50-minute class periods.
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Native American students often describe their experiences in school as living in two worlds: both their native culture and the dominant. In New Mexico students at the Spoken Word Club at Santa Fe Indian School, which is voluntary, meet every Wednesday night, to work through the long process from page to stage, writing their poems, memorizing them, rehearsing them. Many students are working on themes of loss of native culture and language. For more on how to incorporate this video into the classroom, check out the discussion questions and guidelines also included in the Unit.
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