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New! Glass Jar Sand Art: Inspired by Navajo Sand Painting
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.
Drawing Conclusions-Miss Navajo
Learners 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. Learners use the information from the video segment to complete graphic organizers.
Navajo Code Talkers
What a fascinating topic to explore with your class! This lesson 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
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!
Navajo Sand Paintings
Research the use of sand paintings in the Navajo tribe. Your learners work together to design their own sand painting. They share their creation with the class describing what the symbols mean.
Navajo Pottery: Beautiful Objects
A fine lesson on Navajo pottery is here for you. In it, young potters get to experience making their very own version of a classic version of Navajo Pottery. This lesson is extrememly thorough. The instructions are clear, and the worksheets that describe the assignments and tasks are quite good. I would have to say that this is one of the best art lessons I've come across. Highly recommended!
Navajo Paper Baskets
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.
New! The Journey to Jemez Pueblo
Connect fractions to the journey the Navajo took to Jemez Pueblo for the feast of San Diego. In a multi-step lesson plan, your geographers will measure the distance traveled on a map and use that information for a series of questions requiring different operations with fractions. Learners will calculate the duration of the trip and break down the day into a table with different segments of travel and resting. There are many opportunities for a class discussion or small group work.
Discovering the Southwest: Navajo and Hopi Perspectives
Students investigate the contributions of the Navajo and Hopi. In this American Southwest lesson, 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.
Life of a Navajo Weaver
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
Students explore the Navajo culture. In this Navajo Indians lesson, students gain information about their weaving and dancing. Students note the patterns in the weaving. Students create a dance that corresponds with the patterns they see in the weaving.
Navajo Sand Paintings
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.
Lesson: Factors in a Successful College Experience
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website. The article links don't work; find the resources online by simply searching the title. As learners watch the clips, encourage note-taking to help them complete a triple Venn Diagram comparing and constrasting student experiences. They examine statistics and analyze one article. Pupils propose a solution, relating it to the first-person accounts they heard. There are great extension ideas to deepen research and sensory experiences.
Traditional Methods of Navajo Rug Weaving - Activity 1
Students investigate Navajo weaving and dying techniques in this introductory lesson to Native American rugs. Emphasis is placed on investigation of a short video and internet resources.
Native American Culture - The Southwest and the Navajo Nation
Students 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.
Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
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.
Navajo Code Talkers
Students 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.
The Navajo Homeland
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),