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American Indians (First Americans)/Lacrosse
Students explore Native American culture. In this American Indian history lesson, students view and discuss several slides depicting various aspects of the Powhatan, Sioux, and Pueblo tribes' culture. Students make connections between the Indians playing lacrosse and sports played today. Students compare and contrast their lifestyle with the lifestyle of the tribes depicted.
Identifying Native Americans: Powhatan, Sioux and Pueblo
Students explore Native American tribes by examining photographs. In this American Indian culture lesson, students analyze images from a slide-show which presents different tribes of Native Americans which students identify. Students examine ways Native American tribes utilized their land for survival.
Kiskiack: Changing Architectural Landscape
Learners compare and contrast the changing Native and English colonial architectural landscape of the 17th and 18th centuries. Students research and evaluate how economic technology, and the environment reflected cultural changes in the country, then write about their findings.
Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World
Students watch the video "Pocahontas: Ambassador to the New World," complete a vocabulary list and discuss the video using the provided questions.
Native Americans and Jamestown
Students, using primary sources, investigate the role of Native Americans in the successes and failures of Jamestown. They identify and analyze inaccurate portrayals of Pocahontas and Powhatan by comparing historical facts with literary fiction.
Pocahontas Story: English Settlers and Powhatan, Jamestown, Virginia
Students examine the story of Pocahontas. In this early American history lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to gather clues about the interactions between the English settlers and the Native Americans. The activities are differentiated to address a diverse class with varying levels of background knowledge and reading proficiency.
The Powhatan Indians
Ninth graders discuss Chief Powhatan and aspects of Indian life. They use PDAs to follow the lesson and to complete assessments.
Historical Inaccuracies in Movies - The Pocahontas Myth
What parts of the story of Pocahontas are myths, and what parts are historically accurate? Middle schoolers will begin to recognize that historical events in movies are not always correct. They compare and contrast the true story of Pocahontas and the myth. Use this activity as a way to examine modern adaptations of myths.
Settlement Exploration: Then and Now
NASA has crafted an imaginative and memorable series of lessons, "NASA and Jamestown Education Module." This lesson is one of the five components. In it, middle schoolers connect history and science by comparing the settlement of Jamestown in the 1600s to a future settlement of the lunar surface. They consider three factors: location, soil, and weather conditions. This is a must-see! Implement it into your astronomy curriculum, US history studies, or fashion an entire interdisciplinary unit from it.
Lesson 1: English-Indian Encounters
What did the English settlers think of the Native Americans inhabiting the Chesapeake region of the United States? Learners analyze a series of documents and images to determine the English perception of the local inhabitants. A great lesson including extension activities, additional related lessons, primary source documents, and images.
Building A Nation
Students build their own nation in groups where they create a name, flag, declaration of independence, form of government, mathematical layout, and more. In this nation lesson plan, students also provide a scale drawing of their nation using metric units.
Mosaic America on Film: Fact Versus Fiction
Seventh graders define race, ethnic group, and culture. They identify the ways in which words are used in political cartoons and examine the way visual elements in a cartoon determine the meaning of words and enhance their impact. They explain the concept of stereotyping.
Mapping Colonial New England: Looking at the Landscape of New England
Students understand the similarities and differences between English and Native American conceptions of the land and town settlement. They understand how the colony of Massachusetts developed and expanded. Students understand the causes of King Philip's War. They understand how maps can reveal the cultural assumptions of particular times and places.
Images of the New World
Young scholars examine how visual and literary images played an important role in the English colonization of Virginia. They analyze the importance of Thomas Harriot's Report on the subsequent development of English colonial plans for Virginia. They look at the connection between Harriot's text and the images that John White and Theodor de Bry created. They see how John Smith's written and cartographic descriptions of Virginia shape the colony's development.
Students identify three different American Indian regions and tribes, their food, clothing, shelter, recreation, and transportation. Students create artifacts that can be placed in a museum. Students sing songs, chants, and dance. Students research information to complete a given American Indian Tribes Data Retrieval Chart.
Log Canoes: A Chesapeake Bay Tradition
This activity uses a question and answer format to scaffold students comprehension of a short dialogue about the Chesapeake Bay and its tradition of log canoes. After reading the short passage, students are prompted to find three facts from the reading and then use critical thinking skills to explain their thinking about the material covered in the reading. An excellent resource for any social studies classroom, this instructional activity incorporates content learning as well as procedural skill practice
American Biography: Pocahontas, Life in a Box, Colonial Timeline, Pathfinder
Fourth graders research the life and accomplishments of Pocahontas. In this historical figures lesson, 4th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress regarding colonial Virginia and determine how Pocahontas worked to preserve her community in the face of great change.
The Role of Maps In the Colonization of North America
Students investigate the geography of North America by viewing and identifying places on a map. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide show discussing the immigration to the U.S.A. Students define several vocabulary terms associated with the immigration to North America.
Sort it Out- American Indian Tribes
Second graders analyze and sort images. In this sort it out lesson, 2nd graders view primary sources for clues to assist in sorting them into three regions: Eastern Woodland, Southwest and the Plains.
Music of the People - Native American Music
Third graders complete a unit of lessons on the singing, instruments, and dancing of Native Americans. They identify and play various instruments, complete worksheets, define key vocabulary, sing songs, and perform dances.