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Social Studies Strands Activities . Unit- Native Americans 2nd grade By Katie Hickman, Rosemary Larger, Emily Miklasevich, and Holly Poor . Table of Contents . History* People in Society Geography Economics Government Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

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Social Studies Strands Activities

Unit- Native Americans

2nd grade

By Katie Hickman, Rosemary Larger, Emily Miklasevich, and Holly Poor


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Table of Contents

  • History*

  • People in Society

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • Government

  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

  • Social Studies Skills and Methods

    * Following all Strands will be activities, materials ,and websites


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HISTORY

  • Read a book on Western expansion.

  • The students will discuss how this changed Native American lives. Create a pro’s and con’s chart.

  • History Materials

    • Book on Western expansion

    • Markers

    • Chart paper


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History Activities

  • As a class create a play depicting the first Thanksgiving. The students will create their own costumes using feathers cardboard and colored paper. Discuss the emotional component as they act out the scene.

  • Materials

    • Feathers, cardboard, paper, markers, pencils

  • Discuss how Native Americans passed down their history. Have a Native American storyteller visit the class. The students will go home and learn a story from their history that will be presented in class the next day.

  • Materials

    • Storyteller


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History Activities

  • Compare and contrast the lifestyles of two different Native American tribes. Take a picture walk through books depicting the lifestyles. List the similarities and differences. Have the students write about where they would prefer to live.

  • Materials

    • Different books on Native American tribes with pictures, pencil, paper

  • Research a specific Native American tribe. Create a calendar for that tribe of typical events during the year. Make sure to include seasonal preparations. Have the students create an illustration to accompany each month.

  • Materials

    • Blank calendar large enough to write in, marker, crayons , extra paper for illustrations


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People in Societies

  • The students will create a picture of a Native American house using a variety of materials. The students will then display the pictures and discuss where the house should be placed on a map. Ex- longhouse are found in Ohio

  • Societies Materials

    • Straw, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, clay…

    • Paper

    • Map


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People in Societies Activities

  • The students will break up into small groups and choose a Native American tribe. The students will research the different types of food each tribe ate. The students will cut out or draw pictures of this food and glue it onto a paper plate. Then the class will walk around to observe the different types of food.

  • Society Materials

    • Computer, magazines, books ,glue, scissors, paper plate

  • The students will break up into small groups and read a Native American legend. The students will then use that same topic to create a legend of their own.

  • Society Materials

    • Several different Native American legends, paper, pencils


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People in Society Activities

  • Discuss Native American jewelry as a class. Then the students will create their own Native American jewelry using beads, feathers and string.

  • Societies Materials

    • Feathers

    • String

    • Beads

    • Pictures of Native American jewelry

  • The students will research what role Native Americans play in our society today. If possible they should use a tribe they have studied in the past. Compare how there lives are the same as ours and how they are different.

  • Society Materials

    • Computers

    • Chart paper

    • Markers


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People in Societies Websites

  • www.crayola.com/calendar/detail.cfm?event_id=2004

  • www.nativeart.net

  • www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/prehistory/settlements/index.shtml

  • www.ihawaii.net/~story/loreindex.html

  • www.mce.k12.net/indians/navigation/native_american_territories.html


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Geography Activities

  • The students will create a map with a scale of how to get from the school to Fort Ancient.

  • Geography Materials

    • Rulers, Large paper, Markers, Map

  • Take a field trip to Fort Ancient. Have the students create a map showing the important points in and around the Fort.

  • Geography Materials

    • Field trip materials (bus permission slips), Paper, Markers, Clipboards


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Geography Activities

  • Compare and contrast maps of a Native American village then and the map of that area now.

  • Geography Materials

    • Maps of both areas, Chart paper, Marker

  • The students will work together to create a three dimensional model of the Sunwatch village.

  • Geography Materials

    • Map of Sunwatch

    • Boxes, markers, popsicle sticks, twigs, glue, paper, large cardboard base


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Geography Activities

  • Look at the foot trail the Native American used. Discuss the type of climate in those areas. The students will write a narrative of a Native American on a journey.

  • Geography Materials

    • Map of the foot trails

    • Paper and pencils


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Geography Websites

  • http://www.shakerwssg.org/fort_ancient_hopewell_native_ame.html

  • http://www.shakerwssg.org/olde_fort_ancient_village.html

  • http://www.shakerssg.org/miamisburg_mound_state_memorial_.html

  • http://www.sunwatch.org/special_events.html

  • http://www.oldforester.com/trails.html


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Economics

  • Discuss the change in trade before and after settlers. Create a timeline of the ways trade has changed over time. Post this timeline on the walls.

  • Economic Materials

    • Paper & Pencil

    • Tape or magnets


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Economic Activities

  • Look at trade agreements. Role play how this would work.

  • Economic Materials

  • Look at how the Native Americans acquired different items. Compare that to how we buy items. Create a Venn diagram to show these differences.

  • Economic Materials

    • Pencil

    • Paper


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Economic Activities

  • Discuss how foot trails were important to Native Americans. Draw a map to show the paths that they took to trade goods.

  • Economic Materials

    • Pencil

    • Paper

    • Crayons/Makers/Colored pencils

  • Attempt to create a trade treaty with another classroom.

  • Economic Materials

    • Shoe, Sock, Plastic bottle, Chalk, Marble, Other random items


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Economic Websites

  • http://www.thefurtrapper.com/

  • http://www.eda.gov/Research/NativeAmerican.xml

  • http://www.greattradingpath.com/

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American

  • http://www.42explore2.com/native.htm


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Government

  • Compare and contrast a Native American tribal government with the U.S. democracy. Create a poster advertising both.

  • Government Materials

    • Pencils

    • Markers

    • Construction paper

    • Glue

    • Poster board


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Government Activities

  • Have half of the class write a narrative on the Trail of Tears from a Cherokee perspective. The other half will write from the perspective of the U.S. government.

  • Government Materials

    • Pencil

    • Paper

  • Discuss the reasons behind Custer’s Last Stand. The students will then break up into small groups and invent their own ghost dance.

  • Government Materials

    • Music, CD player


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Government Activities

  • Students will be given roles of Native Americans in a matrilineal government. They will be given a problem and hold a tribal council.

  • Government Materials

    • Pencil

    • Paper

  • The flag is a symbol of our government. Have small groups look into the symbols of different tribes and create a flag for those tribes using those symbols. Display in the room.

  • Government Materials

    • Pencil, Paper, Markers, Construction paper, Glue


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Government Websites

  • http://www.nmai.si.edu/

  • http://indy4.fdl.cc.mn.us/~isk/stories.html

  • http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Native.html

  • http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webnativeaem.html

  • http://cia-g.com/~rocketstears.html


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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

  • Research the jobs held by men and women in Native American tribes. Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the jobs.

  • Citizenship Materials

    • Pencil

    • Paper


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Citizenship Activities

  • Look at the responsibilities of children in a Native American tribe. Create a class book on the day in the life of…

  • Citizenship Materials

    • Pencil, Paper, Markers

  • Research the rights of a Native American tribe and create a Bill of Rights for them as a class.

  • Citizenship Materials

    • Chart paper, Marker


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Citizenship Activities

  • Have small groups create presentations on different jobs Native Americans must do. Presentations can be written, drawn, or dramatized.

  • Citizenship Materials

    • Pencil, Paper, Markers, Chart paper

  • Compare and contrast the rights of two different tribes. Vote on the best and modify those rules to implement as a discipline plan for the rest of the day.

  • Citizenship Materials

    • Chart paper, Marker, Consequence cards


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Citizenship Websites

  • http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/eledHistNatAmer.html

  • http://www.ccsd.k12.wy.us/themes/themes.html

  • http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Native_Americans/

  • www.getty.edu/artsed.net/resources/Maps/battle.html

  • http://familytic.net/issues/november2003/games_8.html


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Social Studies Skills and Methods

  • As a class discuss archeology. Divide the class into small groups. Each group receives a box of dirt with artifacts to “uncover”. The students should make observations and inferences about the tribe the artifacts came from.

  • Skills and Methods Materials

    • Box of dirt

    • Variety of tribal artifacts

    • Paper

    • Pencil


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Skills and Methods Activities

  • The students will study the weapons used by the tribes and Europeans at that time. They will create a Venn diagram discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the weapons.

  • Skills and Methods Materials

    • Pencil, Paper, Information on the weapons

  • Observe and discuss the Sunwatch poles. The students will then observe, at different times during the school day, how shadows change. A pole will be placed on the playground and it’s shadow marked throughout the day.

  • Skills and Methods Materials

    • Trip to Sunwatch, Pole, Chalk


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Skills and Methods Activities

  • Discuss with the students how Native Americans communicated over long distances. Separate the students into two groups across the playground. They then attempt to communicate using drums, mirrors and flashlights.

  • Skills and Methods Materials

    • Drums, Flashlights, Mirrors

  • Demonstrate to the class how Native Americans used pictorial communication. Have the students look at the meanings of the different symbols and attempt to write a complete thought.

  • Skills and Methods Materials

    • Markers, Paper, Symbols with accompanying meaning


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Skills and Methods Websites

  • http://www.kshs.org/places/nativeamerican/http://www.northpark.edu/history/WebChron/NorthAmerica/NorthAmerica.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/diabutsu_place/http://www.snowwowl.com/naarttomahawk.htmlhttp://www.inquiry.net/outdoor/native/sign/pictographs.htm


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