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Native Americans. Table of Contents. History People Geography Economics Government Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Social Studies Skills and Methods. Native Americans. First Grade Social Studies Lesson Author: Tara Geegan. HISTORY. Websites Lesson Plans for U.S. History

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table of contents
Table of Contents
  • History
  • People
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Social Studies Skills and Methods
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Native Americans
  • First Grade
  • Social Studies Lesson
  • Author: Tara Geegan
history
HISTORY

Websites

Lesson Plans for U.S. History

http://members.aol.com/MrDonnHistory/American.html

National Museum of the American Indian

http://www.nmai.si.edu

Native American Religion

http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/natrel.htm

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HISTORY

Websites

Lewis and Clark Lesson

http://www.oklatravelnet.com/#

Making a Tepee

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/na/teepee/

history activities
History: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Students will learn about tepees and how Native Americans used them for shelter. Afterwards, the students will make tepees out of paper bags.

Activity 2:

  • Students will create a time line of important events in Native American history.
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History: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will compare and contrast how we get our food today with the methods of food that Native Americans previously used.

Activity 4:

  • Read Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles and compare Annie’s world to Native American’s life long ago.
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History: Activities

Activity 5:

  • Students will discuss the practices of different tribes and create a Venn Diagram to display the differences and similarities of two (Example: Cherokee and Seminole)
people in societies
PEOPLE IN SOCIETIES

Websites

Native American Baskets

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/baskets.html

Dream Catchers

http://www.mrdonn.org/nativeamericans.html#dreamcatchers

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PEOPLE IN SOCIETIES

Websites

Making a Rain Stick

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org

Types of Canoes

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/canoes.html

Collaborative Thematic Units

http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/native.htm

people in societies activities
People in Societies: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Students will design and draw a basket after exploring the patterns and various techniques of basket weaving that Native Americans used.
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People in Societies: Activities

Activity 2:

  • Students will make a dream catcher using twine, thin wire, beads and feathers.

Activity 3:

  • Students will learn about rain sticks that Native Americans used as instruments. Afterward, they will create a poem about their feelings and thoughts of rain.
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People in Societies: Activities

Activity 4:

  • Read Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola and discuss Native American art. Give students time to paint or draw a scene that connects to the story.

Activity 5:

  • Read The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola and discuss Native American spirituality and nature.
geography
GEOGRAPHY

Websites

Native American Tribes by Region

http://www.proteacher.com/090018.shtml

Native American Wall Maps

www.maps4u.com

Northeast Iroquois Nation

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/iroquois.html

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GEOGRAPHY

Websites

Wise Owl: An Iroquois Creation Myth

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/wiseowl.html

Lessons for Specific Regions and Nations

http://www.mrdonn.org/nativeamericans.html#Lessons

geography activities
Geography: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Read Wise Owl: An Iroquois Creation Myth. Have students complete a graphic organizer of the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Activity 2:

  • As a class, locate several tribes in the Midwest region and have the students make a list of five tribes in Ohio.
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Geography: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will learn about the term populations and explore various populations of Native American tribes throughout the United States.
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Geography: Activities

Activity 4:

  • Students will create a map of an Native American village and include a map legend and compass rose.

Activity 5:

  • Students will explore transportation used by Native Americans and compare and contrast it to transportation used today.
economics
ECONOMICS

Websites

Making a Wampum Belt

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/content/2117/

Traditional Economy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States#Traditional_economy

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ECONOMICS

Websites

Fur Trade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fur_trade

Native American Artifacts

http://www.nativeamericantrade.com/

First Contacts: Expanding Trade

www.nebraskastudies.org

economics activities
Economics: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Students will learn about the Native American barter system and explore wampum as a form of exchange.

Activity 2:

  • Students will explore negotiating and trading by mocking a trade market where goods and services can be exchanged.
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Economics: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will compare and contrast our currency today with the currency Native Americans used with European settlers.

Activity 4:

  • Students will discuss how weather and nature impact economics. Teachers can tie in spirituality, rain dances and sticks, and the impact weather had on agriculture for Native Americans.
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Economics: Activities

Activity 5:

  • Students will explore Native American jewelry and discuss the use of jewelry in the Native American trade market. Also, different tribes artifacts can be explored and compared.
government
GOVERNMENT

Websites

Native American Chiefs

http://web.telia.com/~u15508742/chiefs.htm

Treaties Between US and Native Americans

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/ntreaty/ntreaty.htm

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GOVERNMENT

Websites

Native American Indian Treaties and Agreements

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Treaties/Treaties.html

The Great Chiefs

http://nativeamericanrhymes.com/chiefs/chiefs.htm

The Trial of Standing Bear

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/standingbear/

government activities
Government: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Make a Venn Diagram comparing the roles of the President of the United States and the roles of a Native American chief.

Activity 2:

  • Students will compare two tribes and the differences in the chiefs ideas and actions.
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Government: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will discuss the qualities that a person needs to be a leader. Then, students will write a story about someone they know that has those qualities.

Activity 4:

  • Choose two stories and tell the children about each of them. Then, let the children vote by writing the story name on a piece of paper. Students will see the importance of voting and decision making.
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Government: Activities

Activity 5:

  • Teachers will discuss the Indian Removal Act and the impacts it had on different tribes.
citizneship rights and responsibilities
CITIZNESHIP RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Websites

The Nez Perce Indians

http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow4/feb99/mccullough/Nez_per_cam.htm

The Sioux Nation

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/sioux.html

Some Principal Tribes of the Plains People

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/plains.html#tribes

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CITIZNESHIP RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Websites

Chart of Native Americans

http://www.mce.k12tn.net/indians/navigation/native_american_chart.htm

Native Americans and the Environment

http://cnie.org/NAE/index.html

citizenship rights and responsibilities activities
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Students will discuss the primary roles of men and women in Native American tribes.

Activity 2:

  • Students will learn about responsibilities Native American children had while growing up, along with different customs they practiced.
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will discuss the term equality and what they know about it. Next, they will brainstorm ideas for helping one another and respecting differences.

Activity 4:

  • Students will choose names for themselves based on Native American traditions.

Activity 5:

  • Students will discuss the seven tribes of the Sioux and how they worked together to keep peaceful relationships. Then, the teacher will discuss classroom communities and student responsibilities in the room.
social studies skills and methods
SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS AND METHODS

Websites

Videos and Maps

http://www.oklatravelnet.com/#

Native American Lesson Plans

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/history/native/

Native American Symbol Stories

http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/symbols.html

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SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS AND METHODS

Websites

Free Native American Clip Art

http://www.mrdonn.org/nativeamericans.html#clipart

Native Tech: Native American Technology and Art

http://www.nativetech.org/games/index.php

social studies skills and methods activities
Social Studies Skills and Methods: Activities

Activity 1:

  • Students will watch Pocahontas and identify the setting, main characters, and the beginning, middle, and end.

Activity 2:

  • Students will visit Native Tech’s website and participate in an online interactive game.
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Social Studies Skills and Methods: Activities

Activity 3:

  • Students will create a thematic word wall based on the vocabulary they learned about Native American culture, practices, art, music, and tribes.

Activity 4:

  • Students will listen to different Native American tribal music and explore Native American tribal dances.
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Social Studies Skills and Methods: Activities

Activity 5:

  • Read Navajo: At The Rainbow\'s End and have students use technology to create a short summary of the story. Students can use clip art and word processor to retell the story.
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