Geometry, Patchwork Quilts, and Native American Culture

4th - 8th

Use geometric principles to analyze North American quilt patterns. Learners review the concept of area, perimeter, and symmetry. They explore the importance of the star in quilting and conduct research on Morning Star quilts using the Internet. This lesson would be great for an Open House or Math night!

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Native American Culture Region Collages

Young scholars research various Native American tribes. In this Native American history lesson, students follow the provided rubric to create collages on the cultures of selected Native American tribes.

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Technology Rich Native American Unit

While this unit isn't as complete as it should be, it does provide many good learning activities. Kids will participate in writing, listening, reading, drama, and creative activities as they research various Native American tribes. The ideas are good and could be used to accompany any lesson or more complete unit related to Native American studies.

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