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Students practice the higher order thinking skill of drawing conclusions.  In this language lesson, students use the Miss Navajo pageant to discuss the role of language in selecting a winner.  They view portions of the pageant, and try to draw conclusions about the effect of the language portion on the overall outcome of the pageant.  Students use the information from the video segment to complete graphic organizers.
Sand has been used as an artistic medium for centuries and can be found in cultures across the globe. The class examines sand art created by the Navajo people. They mix tempera paint and sand to create their colors, and then fill jars, keeping the inspiration of the Navajo pieces in mind. When finished, the glass jar sand art would make a nice gift for a parent or other faculty member.
Put learners to the test with an art activity that requires them to use their math skills. They learn about Navajo baskets and then use the included template, a paper plate, and paper strips to make their own basket. Note: The lesson references a presentation, but it is not included. 
What a fascinating topic to explore with your class! This activity focuses on the contributions of the Navajo people during World War II. Learners read the book Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella, answer a series of comprehension questions about the text, and write a letter as a follow-up activity.
Navajo Code Talkers can be used as a class reading project. If you are thinking of reading this book with your class, you may want to consider using these worksheets. They are designed to help with character analysis, reader response, and prediction. This resource also includes a main idea and details chart. A fantastic resource!
Research the use of sand paintings in the Navajo tribe. Your students work together to design their own sand painting. They share their creation with the class describing what the symbols mean.
Students investigate the contributions of the Navajo and Hopi. In this American Southwest instructional activity, students study the region through the perspective of the Navajo and Hopi as they read literature, listen to lectures, dramatize events, and create a research project.
Students explore Navajo legends. In this legend lesson, students read the legend of the Spider Woman. Students read the legend and answer questions. Students watch videos about weaving and note the shapes in the weaving. Students create and perform an interpretive dance.
Students explore the Navajo culture through the use of poetry. Identify various elements of Native American poetry in relation to the culture. They interpret meaning into Navajo poetry and construct one form of artistic e
Middle schoolers explore the Navajo culture. In this Navajo Indians activity, students gain information about their weaving and dancing. Middle schoolers note the patterns in the weaving. Students create a dance that corresponds with the patterns they see in the weaving.
Students research and explore the significance of Navajo Sand Paintings, including their uses and history. They make their own sand paintings and write about their meanings.
Students investigate Navajo weaving and dying techniques in this introductory instructional activity to Native American rugs. Emphasis is placed on investigation of a short video and internet resources.
Learners explore the site Second Life about the Navajo Nation and learn about their culture. In this Navajo Nation lesson plan, students also write a letter to the colonists describing the benefits of the nation.
Learners investigate the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in World War II. They complete a Webquest, explore various websites, encode a short message, analyze maps, answer discussion questions, and read newspaper articles about secure communications.
Eighth graders assess different ways that significant individuals and events influenced economic, social and political systems in the United States after 1880. They experience a Navajo code talker's dictionary to create and decode messages.
Students are exposed to the Navajo Indian culture through the story, "The Goat in the Rug". They build upon their background knowledge of the Navajo Indian sand develop an interest in learning about the Navajo Indians.
Students identify the historical and traditional location of the Navajo Homeland. They study the four original clans system and the development of other adopted clans, e.g. Nakai Dine (Mexican), Notahi Dine(Ute), Ozii Dine (Hopi); and, examine the Navajo traditional leadership system which was clan and regional representation (vs US one chief/president model),
Students participate in a reader's theater reading of Charles L. Blood's, The Goat in the Rug. They weave their own small Navajo rugs.
Learners investigate how the Navajo Indians used codes to communicate in using algebraic concepts like matrices, inverse matrices, and matrix multiplication. They also research how the US used the coded language of the Navajo to fool the Japanese during World War II.
Third graders examine Navajo traditions and beliefs through their artwork. They listen to the book "The Paint Brush" by Tomie dePaola and discuss why sand paintings are done in the traditional Navajo culture. Next, they create a sand painting using a Navajo design.

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