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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Native American Lesson

Native Americans....This is a topic where most people would fail if staring on the show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. I mean, come on.... what can you tell me about the Hopi or Pawnee Native Americans?  How about the Kwakiutl?  Nothing, ah? ......Yeah, I thought so.  I love it though when you are required to teach a topic and you basically have to create everything that goes along with it (did you hear the sarcasm in my voice). They give you a concept to teach yet they provide you with very few materials.  Where does that leave the teacher?  Busy making all kinds of creative activities.

I did an activity with my students the other day and then hung the items outside my classroom.  They looked cute, so I thought I would share.  I created a very basic organizer where the students had to use a book on the Plains Indians to provide information on several topics: clothing, shelter, buffalo, foods, and the region itself.  I then had the kids glue the sheet between the top and bottom of a Native American boy or girl.  What do you think?

I also made a Native American diorama project if you are a teacher and interested.  I have it for sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for a very reasonable price.  Click HERE to go straight to the project, or click on the image below to visit my TpT store to view all of my other creative and fun ideas.

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