Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Cut out and laminate Vocabulary Cards for display in the classroom; (2) Photocopy KWL Chart (1 per student); (3) Draw a copy of KWL Chart onto chart paper.

 

Group Size: Whole Class

 

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Identify things they already know about Native Americans.

·          Pose questions regarding what they want to learn about Native Americans.

 

Materials: Vocabulary Cards (see attachment); KWL Chart (see attachment); chart paper, markers, large world map.

 

Procedure:

1.       Display Vocabulary Card “Native Americans” in the front of the classroom. Ask students: Does anybody know who Native Americans are? Give students time to share their ideas.

2.       Tell students: Native Americans were the first people to live in North America. Sometimes Native Americans are called Indians.

3.       Display a large world map in the front of the room. Ask students: Can anybody come show us where North American is? Call a volunteer to point to the map.

4.       Tell students: Raise your hand if you live in North America. Give students time to think. Then tell students: All of your hands should be up in the air, because the United State is part of North America. Point on the map to show students all of North America (United States, Canada, and Central America).

5.       Distribute KWL Chart. Ask students: What do you already know about Native Americans? Write down three or four answers on the chart, and give students time to copy down the answers on their papers.

6.       Ask students: What do you want to learn about Native Americans? Write down three or four answers on the chart, and give students time to copy down the answers on their papers.

7.       Tell students: We will spend the next few weeks answering all of your questions about Native Americans. Collect KWL Charts for use at the end of the unit.

 

Assessment: Have students turn to a partner and tell them one thing they learned about Native Americans today.

 

Benchmark or Standards:

National Council for the Social Studies Standards:

III. People Places and Environments

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

        and photographs.

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