New! 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 plan would be great for an Open House or Math night!
Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a fictional interview detailing one family's unique experience of uprooting themselves for a better life, class members brainstorm what type of questions might have been asked in the interview. Then, after reading and learning more about the migrants' experiences as a whole, your young historians will interview someone they personally know who moved to their community as an adult and will then compose a short writing piece based on the interview.
Native Lands: Indians in Georgia
Students research what Native Americans looked like in order to dispel common stereotypes. In this Native American history lesson, students begin by drawing their mental picture of an Indian, then they research North American Indians to get a more accurate representation. Students compare and contrast their original drawings to what the Natives actually looked like.
North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears
Students discuss and research the Trail of Tears. For this Native American history unit, students read stories about and research information about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears. Students work in literature circles and listen to guest speakers.
Dot to Dot: Patterns in the Night Sky
Sixth graders are introduced to several major constellations and locate them in the night sky. They graph the constellations on grid paper and work in groups to research common myths and stories associated with specific constellations.
Native American Music
Explore Native American music. Listen to several examples of Native American music. Locate the tribes on maps and practice pronouncing words in the Cherokee language. Write out rhythmic accompaniment or a melodic introduction.
Which Way is North?
Who needs a compass to find cardinal directions? Just place a stick in the ground and record the movement of its shadow over the course of a day. Then, measure the shadow lengths in order to determine a north-south line. A simple activity that deepens students' understanding of the earth's motion and position in the solar system. As an extension, consider creating sundials to demonstrate how shadows can also be used to tell time.
First Americans of North Carolina and the United States
Students research the first people in America by completing activities in reading, listening, writing, and journal writing centers. In this American history lesson, students participate in centers to learn about the lifestyle of Native Americans. Students then complete four sessions to learn about and create pottery. Students then follow a recipe to make corn cakes.
After the American Revolution: Free African Americans in the North
Students investigate the life of African Americans in the North during the American Revolution. They analyze how authors use various techniques to write biographies, read about Sojourner Truth, conduct research, and write an excerpt about Sojourner.
20th-Century Warfare: Unique Contributions of American Indians
Students discover the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers. For this 20th century conflict lesson, students watch a video about the contributions of Native Americans to the World Wars I and II as well as Vietnam. Students also use Navajo Code Dictionaries to create and decode their own messages.
North Carolina American Indian Stories
Fourth graders select and read stories from some of the North Carolina American Indian tribes. They compare and contrast two stories and complete a Venn diagram. They use the information on the Venn diagram to write 3 paragraphs. They later create their own
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