Lesson Plan for Native American Unit

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SPI's

4.1.1

Identify pre-Colonial Native American groups (i.e., Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Aztec, Mayans, Olmec, Mississippi Mound Builders).

4.1.3

Determine how various groups resolve conflict (i.e., school, tribal councils, courts).

4.1.4

Examine how Native American Culture changed as a result of contact with European cultures (i.e., decreased population, spread of disease, increased conflict, loss of territory, increase of trade).

4.2.1

Recognize the concept of supply and demand.

4.3.3

Recognize the reasons settlements are founded on major river systems (i.e., transportation, manmade boundaries, food, and water sources).

4.5.1

Identify Native American groups in Tennessee before European exploration (i.e., Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw).

Day 1

  1. vocabulary
  2. Text - Read pages 28-31 "People Arrive in the Americas" & "Civilizations Develop" (The Mound Builders)
  3. United Streaming Native Americans: The First Peoples (21:00)
  4. On a map of North America have students color the area where the Mound Builders lived.
  5. Begin a timeline. (Save to add additional events in future lessons.) Have students mark events for the following events:
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  7. Artifacts Website http://www.mississippian-artifacts.com/ Photo http://www.earthwatch.org/expeditions/kelly/overviewpicturefullinfo.html
  8. Corn -- Discuss corn being an important food for the Mound Builders. Make an "ear of corn". http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/collage.html http://www.easyfunschool.com/ThemeFunCorn.html

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Day 2

  1. Review vocabulary
  2. Text - Read pages 32-33 "The Olmec", "The Maya", and "The Aztecs"
  3. Have students color areas on a map of North America where showing where the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec lived.

  4. Write the name of each civilization on the timeline started in Day 1. http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/01_3_LandBridge.pdf
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  6. The Olmec is known as the Mother of Civilization because it was the region tha twas home to one of the oldest civilization in the Americas - that of the Olmecs
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  8. Complete one activity for each group.

    Olmec

    Maya

    Aztecs

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Day 3 Northwest Indians

  1. Review vocabulary
  2. Text - Read pages 36-37
  3. Color area on North America map where NW Indians lived.
  4. United Streaming Native Americans: People of the Northwest Coast (26:17) Native Americans: American Heritage Series (20:00)
  5. View NW Indians section of Powerpoint
  6. Assign each student one Native American village to build:
    NW Plank house, SW Pueblo, Plains Teepee, Iroquois Longhouse, Seminole Chickee

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Day 4  Southwest

  1. Review vocabulary
  2. Text - Read pages 38-39
  3. Color area on North America map where SW Indians lived.
  4. United Streaming Native Americans: People of the Desert (28:34)
  5. View SW Indians section of Powerpoint
  6. Work on Native American village.

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Day 5  Plains

  1. Review vocabulary
  2. Text - Read pages 39-41
  3. United Streaming Native Americans: People of the Plains (26:26)
  4. Color area on North America map where Plains Indians lived.
  5. View Plains Indians section of Powerpoint
  6. Reading Rainbow - The Gift of the Sacred Dog (30 minutes)
  7. Work on Native American village.

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Day 6  Eastern Woodlands

1.  Review vocabulary 2.  Text - Read pages 44-47
3.  Discuss barter (p. 46)
4.  Color area on North America map where Eastern Woodlands Indians lived.
5.  View Eastern Woodlands Indians section of
Powerpoint
6.  Work on Native American village.

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Day 7 Review and Test

1.  Chapter 2 Review
2.  Chapter 2 Test
3.  Presentation of Native American villages.

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Day 8 The Cherokee

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Text p. 54-57 The Cherokee
  3. United Streaming Native Americans: People of the Forest (29:22)
  4. Give students a copy of Cherokee ABC Coloring Book - Read and discuss
  5. ...If You Lived with the Cherokee by Peter and Connie Roop
  6. Show video from MCE Library Cherokee:  Indians of North America (30 minutes)

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Day 9 The Chickasaw, Shawnee, and the Creek

1.  Review vocabulary 2.  Text p. 58-61
3.  On a map of Tennessee have students pinpoint where each tribe (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Creek) lived.
  Have students memorize the names of the groups of Native Americans that lived in Tennessee.

3.  Barter Activity http://www.powellcenter.org/uploads/spg02/fieldtrip.html

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Day 10 Review and Test

1.  PowerPoint Native Americans in Tennessee from 1500-1700
2.  Chapter 3 Review page 64-65
3.  Chapter 3 Test
4.  Unit 1 TCAP Test Practice
5.  Native American Craft Project

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White Men

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Sequoyah

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Trail of Tears

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