Friday, November 14, 2014

American Indian Unit Part 3 - American Indian Family & Village Life with FREEBIE!

American Indian Unit Part 3 - American Indian Family & Village Life - 3a

Welcome to our American Indian Unit Part 3a!  We hope you enjoyed our unit thus far, or if you missed Parts 1 & 2, check them out, you will TRIP back to the days of yesteryear:

There is so much one can cover in this part of our American Indian Unit, I may have to split this post into parts. So we will begin with seasons & clothing, Part 3a. So let's trip this scene and see how far we get.

Onto our American Indian Unit Part 3 - American Indian Family & Village Life for younger elementary level students, first I pulled down our US map & showed them what our country looks like today:


Next I introduced my American Indian Tribal Map. We discussed the difference in the past & current borders along with the names of tribes vs states:

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While we did vaguely cover major tribes nation wide, family & village life varies widely from tribe to tribe, so I chose to focus mainly on the Northeastern Tribes. This is appropriate for my younger students as these tribes connect to the Thanksgiving story. As my babes age, I will expand the unit introducing other detailed tribal studies from the East to the West following the American Indian migration due to the European expansion. From there, both jr. & high school students will be ready to cover past & current detailed American Indian life & issues; such as societal contributions (Wind Talkers, Jim Thorpe, etc) political involvement & issues (Quannah Parker and various Tribal representation, etc) community life (familial & extended), etc. 

Making a timeline beginning in the Northeast, year by year we will add to our timeline, store it for the next year, then reviewing what we covered the year before and adding to our timeline through the years. This will allow for a firm historical grasp of American migration through time.

 Next we looked at some vintage film strips. I use an easel that I bought during Christmas time many years ago to use as a storyboard, small flannelboard & pocket chart holder and as a screen for film strips. I deco'ed it with a Disney Return to Neverland VHS store display I got off eBay. It fit my board just right! SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!! 

We started with Indians of the Northeastern Woodlands from Eyegate. Featuring short subtitles, this vintage film even tho' the frame colors have turned color really brought us into the Northeastern American Indian world. Now you will have to excuse the red & blurry fotos as it is MOST difficult to get a good flick of these vintage strips so bear with us:

 It began with a territory map:

Then it showed some homes:

It went on the show their veggie gardens:

and fishing:

Their ways of river travel:

Birch bark containers and baskets used for storage, carrying & mixing:

Showed a Longhouse & discussed its location:

Covered various weapons and their uses:

Talked about the uses of a Wampum Belt:

Next we watched the 1973 National Geographic "The Eastern Woodlands". This is accompanied by a record so there are no subtitles. Here are a few frames from the strip for viewing:


I had already copied following the pages from our 2005 Northeastern Indians book from Scholastic:

Then I shrank the page on the left so the pieces would fit better on the map. These are the tribal symbols that will be cut out & pasted onto their maps:

After viewing our film strips, I gave each of my babes a map of the Northeast Territory to color. We talked about what color the land & water is. I individually traced their maps with my finger outlining the land & water routes & borders to ensure each child had an understanding of the parimeters for correct color placement. At this age, I require MORE effort (detail), less scribbling. The results from my young babes ages 4-6 was AMAZING (precisely as instructed). See our results for yourself:

 Next, I had each child color the tribal pictures in detail, cut them out & glue them on their maps. My oldest daughter Angela, in typical kid fashion, SNAGGED Damien & Rayven's (her babes) maps & hung them on her bedroom wall before I could take a picture. Here are Zander's & Levi's l@@kin' GOOD results:

From there, we went along in the book and looked at the Pequot Tribe's seasonal activities by making a season wheel from the following page:

I had the children color them, then glue them onto a piece of construction paper to add sturdiness. Remember our glue bucket & paint brush from our American Indian Unit Part 2 ?  I altered the directions a bit and instead of using tape, I made tabs to slip through slits I made in the bottom wheel. This step while ensuring sturdiness, requires precision measuring and matching the slits to the tab locations.

Then I folded the tabs & glued them down, then let them dry:

When dry, I got a brad and assembled the 2 wheels together allowing freedom of movement. Then I gave my babes a glue bottle and had them glue each of the numbered paper toy pieces onto their corresponding number on the wheel:

 And here are our finished Pequot Indian from Season to Season Wheels:

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Next we talked about what type of clothing the Sauk Tribe wore during the Summer and Winter seasons. Then we made these clothing scenes from the following pages in the book:

 First they colored their pictures:

Here are my babes finished scenes:

Since we get snow here in our National Forest, we also made an Indian 3D Pop-out Snowshoe Scene, coloring the scene first: 

Once again, I made tabs instead of using tape to hold the scene together:

Then I glued them together and let them dry like this:

Here are their finished Snowshoe Scenes:

Here is my son Julian in his homemade regalia. First when Julian was younger: 

Then when Julian was older, this time with my hubby Pyute in their homemade regalia:

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Also be sure to catch our American Indian Unit Part 3b, Hunting and Gathering Food: 

American Indian Unit Part 3b American Indian Hunting and Gathering Food

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  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful map and great post.
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  2. Many thanks for stopping by, Arlene! I have enjoyed your blog for quite awhile now as you are one of my FAV bloggers! Come back and visit us again soon as my next post will be food gathering.

  3. This is an excellent lesson! I love all the photos!
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  4. Many thanks for your comments, Sarah!!! STOKED you dig all our hard work! Come back and visit us again soon as my next post will be food gathering.

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