Why buy an ebook? Is there a better way to get an experiential understanding of a Native American culture than by performing some of the folktales indigenous to its People?
Have students make predictions about what part of the country the artifacts came from. The teacher may tell the students where they came from or have the students find out during the unit.
Provide many picture books about Native Americans for the students to look at and read.
Discuss what they found out from the picture books. Make a KWL chart to find out what students want to learn more about. Have a Native American speaker come in and talk to the class.
Ask the speaker to bring in artifacts to show the students.
Have the speaker briefly explain the background of his tribe. If he or she is willing, have the speaker conduct a KWL activity with the students. Have students point out things that they think are and are not accurate.
Read a story about Native Americans to the students. Discuss what the students learned. Ask them if there is anything else they want to learn. Explain the Native American stick game to the students.
Have them create their own set of sticks to play with. Give them the opportunity to play the game and keep track of their score. Talk about the patterns found in many Native American artifacts such as weaving, baskets, jewelry, and clothes.
Have students practice creating a pattern for a rug using graph paper or pattern block manipulatives. You could also talk about symmetry and geometric shapes along with this activity.
Read the story, Knots on a Counting Rope. Discuss different ways Native Americans kept track of numbers. Provide ropes for students to practice counting with. Talk about how Native Americans would track animals by looking for their footprints.
Show pictures of different animal tracks and have students guess which animal made them. Discuss why it was important for Native Americans to know which animals made which tracks. Have students practice their animal tracking skills by playing an animal track memory game.
Read Annie and the Old One. Discuss how the Navajo colored the wool that they used for weaving.
Talk about the chemistry involved in dying. Have students participate in a coloring experiment using wool and natural dyes. Read Brother Eagle, Sister Sky. Talk with the students about how the Native Americans respected the Earth and all living things.Essay on Native American Culture This unit is an introduction to several aspects of Native American culture, for grades second through fifth.
In this unit the class will learn about Native Americans way of life through the books selected. Native American Son, meticulously researched, is a book that finally sets the record straight to provide justice at last to a legitimate American hero.â -Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen â An absorbing American story.â -Steve Kaufman, Louisville Courier-Journal â Impeccably researchedSeller Rating: % positive.
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The Importance of Elders and Family in Native American Culture BY PATRICIA CLARK AND NORMA SHERMAN C o l l a g e b y M a r k C a b l e / D e b b e P a r i s. of legend. The story of my people and The Importance of Elders and Family in Native American Culture Author: March/April Horizons Magazine.
We will look for understanding of the story, the sequence of events (Define Sequence), the functions the myth serves in explaining the world, and ways of telling stories that are different in various Native American cultures from European-American culture.
Recommended Books of Moon Stories from Native American Myth and Legend Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began: Charming children's book by a Pueblo author illustrating a traditional legend about the origin of the moon.