Native Americans
Age 8-10: Concept 1 - Interdependence: Unit 2

In this unit, your child will examine the daily life of Native Americans and learn about their unique culture and their interdependence with the natural world. He will create a Native American exhibit to enhance others’ understanding of this unique historic people group. This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit The Sign of the Beaver.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 8-10 social studies units utilize a laminated timeline poster to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$4.99 #332 8-10 Timeline

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in third or fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Very First Americans (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Southwest Indians (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Northeast Indians (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: The Plains Indians (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Indians of the Southeast (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Native American Culture (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Nature and the Native Americans
  • Final Project: Native American Exhibit (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze changes that have occurred in communities past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze similarities and differences among families in different times and places. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze similarities and differences among people in different times and in different places. (Social Studies)
  • Compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment to meet their needs. (Social Studies)
  • Compare the ways of life of Native-American groups in the Western Hemisphere. (Social Studies)
  • Create maps to reflect information about the environment. (Social Studies)
  • Describe and compare cultural characteristics of regional tribes and evaluate their significance. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and in different places. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the similarities and differences among people of North America, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Describe traditional art, music, and craft forms of the Native American tribes. (Social Studies)
  • Explain cultural traditions in Native American communities. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the economic patterns of various early Native-American groups. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the need for leaders in communities and describe their roles and responsibilities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify Native American groups in the Western Hemisphere before European exploration and describe the regions in which they lived. (Social Studies)
  • Locate and describe Native Americans in North America, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Use appropriate source maps to locate communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use geographic terminology to describe variations in the physical environment. (Social Studies)
  • Use maps to locate communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use vocabulary related to chronology. (Social Studies)
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