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Native American culture, lifestyles, and contributions are shared in this research lesson


Social Studies  




Title – Be Thankful for Native American culture, lifestyles, and contributions
By – Barbara Moseley
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 3

  1. Concepts to be taught:
    Native American people culture, lifestyle, and contributions
  2. ALCOS: Compare cultural aspects of selected Native American groups.

    Behavioral Objectives: At the conclusion of this lesson, the students will be able to:

    1. locate Native American books in the library,
    2. share Native American culture with others,
    3. and discuss contributions made by Native American people.
  3. Materials:
    • index cards,
    • library card,
    • library book (1 per group)
  4. Motivation:
    In a large group setting, the teacher will read to the class the book, Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. After the reading, the teacher will discuss the illustration and the details of each page with the students. To who are thanks offered every morning? The Native American children are taught to greet the world each morning by saying thank you to all living things; why is this not a tradition of the American children? Do the illustrations show nature in breathtaking paintings? Why or why not?
  5. Teaching/Learning Procedure:
    • Students will be brought to the school library.
    • In the library, students will search the card catalog for stories about Native American people, culture and lifestyle, about the different and important contributions they have made to benefit all American people.
    • Students will be allowed 30 minutes to read about Native Americans in cooperative groups of 3-4 members. The teacher will assign the students from the group to read the chosen book.
    • Students in each group will use provided research cards and record collected data for comparison. (one paragraph)
    • Groups will decide who will read their collected data to the class.
    • The class as a whole will discuss the concept of being able to celebrate thanksgiving at any time of the year. Students and teacher will make comparisons between the Native American traditions with their own traditions.
    • The teacher will model the act of being thankful when someone opens the door for her. (While entering the classroom with a load of books, a student opens the door for the teacher and she says, “Thank you!”
  6. Closure:
      I will ask questions to check students’ understanding of Native American people. What have you learned about Native American culture compared to the 1930’s and 2003? Compare the Native American lifestyle to the lifestyle of American people today. What have you learned about the different and important contributions Native Americans have made to benefit the American people today?
  7. Evaluation:
      Teacher observations/completed research cards/completed data chart
  8. Reflection:
      The next time I teach this lesson, I would like to include some Native American art and pottery pictures around my classroom.

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