Unit Overview:

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 examining daily family life and how they met their basic needs.  Furthermore, the unit will cover the Wampanoag’s role in helping the Pilgrims and celebrating the first Thanksgiving.

 

 

Unit Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Explain how Native Americans came to America from Asia.

·          Identify the reasons why Native Americans migrated to North America.

·          Identify various regions of North America on a map.

·          Use north, south, east, and west to navigate around a map.

·          Explain how Native Americans met their basic needs with natural resources.

·          Describe the daily life of the Wampanoag Nation.

·          Explain the role of men, women, and children in a Wampanoag family.

·          Give an accurate description of the first Thanksgiving feast.

·          Explain the role of the Wampanoag Nation in the first Thanksgiving feast.

·          Compare the first Thanksgiving to their own Thanksgiving celebrations.

 

 

Unit Calendar:

Week 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson #1: What do We Know About Native Americans?

 

30 minutes

Lesson #2: Native Americans Migrate From Asia

 

35 minutes

Lesson #3: Regions of North America

 

40 minutes

Lesson #4: Pacific Northwest Native American Nation

 

40 minutes

 

 

Week 2

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson #5: Great Basin Native American Nation

 

40 minutes

Lesson #6: Southwest Native American Nation

 

40 minutes

Lesson #7: Plains Native American Nation

 

40 minutes

Lesson #8: Eastern Woodlands Native American Nation

 

40 minutes

 

 

Week 3

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson #9: The Life of a Wampanoag Family

 

40 minutes

Lesson #10: The First Thanksgiving I

 

 

35 minutes

Lesson #11: The First Thanksgiving II

 

 

35 minutes

Lesson #12: Final Review and Assessment

 

 

40 minutes

 

 

 

Best Practices:

* Organize Materials Before Lessons

** Make sure all photocopies and transparencies are prepared prior to beginning a lesson

* Give students access to word list

** Students should be able to see a word wall or have a photocopied word wall at their desk for writing assignments.

* Have a book collection

**  Assemble a collection of books about Native Americans. Keep the books on display, and allow students to borrow them during free time.

 

 

Standards:

National Council for the Social Studies Standards:

I.         Culture and Cultural Diversity

a. Explore and describe similarities and differences in the in the ways groups, societies, and cultures   address similar human needs and concerns.

d. Compare ways in which people from cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

III. People Places and Environments

        a. Construct and use mental maps of locales, regions, and the world that demonstrate

             understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape.

        b. Interpret, use, and distinguish various representations of the earth, such as maps, globes, 

            and photographs.

        h. Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land,

            building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

V. Individuals, Groups, and Identities

        a. Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in group situations such as student, family

            member, peer play group member, or club member.

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