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Students practice the higher order thinking skill of drawing conclusions.  In this language instructional activity, 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.
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!
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.
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. 
Young scholars 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.
Learners explore Navajo legends. In this legend lesson, students read the legend of the Spider Woman. Learners read the legend and answer questions. Students watch videos about weaving and note the shapes in the weaving. Learners create and perform an interpretive dance.
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw reading activity on such topics as Navajo code talkers and discrimination against Native Americans during the war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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),
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.
Students research the Fort Sumner campaign against the Navajo; why the campaign took place; the details of the forced march to Fort Sumner; conditions at Fort Sumner; length of imprisonment; details of life in prison, and circumstances of release.
Students examine the migration patterns of the Athabaskan and Navajo tribes. After taking notes on a lecture, they compare and contrast the two groups. To end the lesson, they write their favorite Navajo story in their journals.
Students are introduced to the United States and Navajo Bill of Rights. In groups, they compare and contrast the two documents and take notes to share with the class. To end the lesson, they write in their journals about their own ideas about the Bill of Rights.
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.

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