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Slavery and the Seminole
Students research the issues and relationships between 2 refugee groups--the Seminole and African slaves. They analyze primary documents and discuss the effects of racism in the 21st century.
Students explore the Southeast Woodland region and culture of the Seminole Indians using video, art projects, books, maps and discussion.
Betty Mae Jumper and The Second Seminole War
Fifth graders describe the reasons for, nature of, and outcomes of the Second Seminole War. They determine that Seminole women and men faced many hardships as they fought for their survival. They relate a story of a Seminole "first" to the notion that people from historically oppressed groups must often struggle to accomplish their goals in society.
History And Tradition of Seminole Patchwork And Clothing
Students interview Seminole patchwork makers to find out about the history behind patchwork, how patchwork is made, and the meanings of various Seminole patchwork. Then they create some patchwork of their own.
Seminole Housing (Chickees)
Students listen to a story about the Seminole Indian tribes. They participate in a teacher-lead discussion of chickees--Seminole housing. They create a chickee book in which they write a description of their belongings in a chickee.
The Seminole Wars
Students investigate the Seminole Wars, their events, and treaties. They create a timeline, label a map of Florida showing the Seminole population and do research about life on an Indian reservation.
Constructing Seminole Chickees
Young scholars read about and discuss the history of chickees, traditional Seminole houses. They discuss the importance of chickees in Seminole history and create a model of chickee out of palmetto fronds and syprus branches.
Students participate in teacher-lead discussion of Seminole patchwork and styles of dress. They practice identifying the patchwork design of the Seminoles and what they mean. They create (and write a description of) a paper doll self-portrait using various patchwork designs.
Distinguishing Clan Roles
Learners discuss the roles of the 8 Seminole clans: Wind, Panther, Bird, Snake, Bear, Big Town, Deer and Otter. They discuss the matriarchal nature of the Seminole sociey. They interview family members and then create an illustrated story of their individual clans.
A Team Approach to Oral History
Students examine the human side of history as revealed through personal interviews, newspaper articles, and fictional accounts. They record the history of various sites and people in the Seminole area and prepare manuscripts.
Styles Of Seminole Clothing
Students participate in demonstrations from guest speakers, community members and teacher-lead discussions, tell differences and similarities between contemporary and traditional styles of Seminole clothing, explain the different designs that symbolize meanings on Seminole clothing and take pictures of classmates in traditional Seminole clothing.
Seminole Traditional Foods
Students will identify and label Seminole foods in Miccosukee (native language) and English. They construct a chart on traditional Seminole foods and prepare a traditional Seminole meal.
Illustration of Seminole Foods
Students identify 5 types of Seminole foods, illustrating the types of food on paper plates, bowls, and cups. Students explain their favorite foods and identify plants and animals that are part of the Seminole diet.
Young scholars listen as a guest speaker describes the process of gathering and preparing materials for making a Seminole basket. They use provided materials to create their own basket and finally, they give an oral presentation on their basket.
Native American Homes
A wonderful worksheet on dwellings of Native Americans awaits your students. In this reading comprehension and American history worksheet, students answer questions about the dwellings, create pictures of them, and complete a matching activity. Excellent!
A Contrast in Cultures
Eighth graders examine the cultures of Black Seminoles Indians and Gullah. In this cultures lesson students create a presentation based on how these social groups influenced each other and how slavery helped define them.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 49 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Andrew Jackson. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Searching the Net
Students create a Native American Nation flip book. In this Native American lesson, students choose one of four Native American Nations: The Iroquois, Hopi, Seminoles, Sioux. They research them on the Internet using teacher given websites and create a flip book describing what they learned.
To Walk the Sky Path
Fifth graders use maps of Florida. They locate places from a list on their map. Students use the places mentioned in the book, "To Walk the Sky Path," and locate them on the map. Students should have labeled a minimum of 10 places, and included a legend, a compass rose, and distance scale.
Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Dancing With the Indians
Students read Dancing With the Indians by Angela Shelf Medearis. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study of Native American festivals and traditions. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and library connections.