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- Misty K., Teacher
- Gaffney, SC
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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.
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 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!
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!
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 plan references a presentation, but it is not included.
Students explore Navajo legends. In this legend lesson plan, 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.
Kindergartners take a close look at three Native American tribes: the Navajo, the Comanchee, and the Cherokee. Each of the tribes gets one solid week of study, and a pow-wow is held as a culminating activity where the children portray the different tribes for parents and schoolmates. Terrific literature is shared, artwork is created, and creative role-plays are employed in this very fine lesson plan.
Who wouldn't love to get a letter from a blue bird? Elementary art enthusiasts analyze the social and historical context of Ason Yellowhair's Navajo piece, Bird and Cornstalk Rug. They examine the construction and images on the rug reflecting on Navajo weaving and individual creativity. They explore nature in their area then compose a letter to a blue bird on the rug, describing three things they have learned from their families.
Young scholars 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),