California Indians

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    Anyone have any good lessons/art projects on California Indians for fourth grade? Our text is a little thin on ideas. :thanks:
     
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    Where in California are you? Up here in the Sacramento area we have a lot of centers run by native tribes that offer tons of teacher resources. Have you checked to see if your local tribes offer anything of the sort?
     
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    You can talk about the Northwest Native Americans that lived in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, and you can have your students make totem poles. If you google Northwest Indians, you will find a lot of great information.
     
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    I just did a lesson on the Pacific Northwest Coastal Native Americans. We went over the basics (food, shelter, etc), but when we got to the part about culture, we learned mostly about potlatches. The Native Americans would hold celebrations to show off their wealth. The host would give everyone a gift. As an activity, the students made necklaces and held their own potlatch where they exchanged necklaces. I was also able to evaluate the students because during their exchange they were each to ask each other one question about the food, shelter, clothing, or culture of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Native Americans.
     
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    There are always the casinos....oops. Sorry. I just get annoyed at all of them springing up!!

    Well, here's an idea from a fifth grade class I student taught.... I introduced storytelling as a Native American tradition, and we had a little "pow-wow" with students in a circle etc. I told an elaborate tale about "How Coyote Helped Decorate the Night," and afterward, I passed a feather around the circle for a "retell." That was fun (dim the lights for maximum effect!), and I have adapted it for my Kinder class. We tell the story (no retell), and then we paint "story sticks." You can use those paint stirring sticks or something similar to a wooden ruler... have some N.A. symbols (fire, friendship, etc. in the form of teepees, clouds, whatever symbols you find) available as examples, and students can copy them, and paint or use markers to decorate the sticks. Then they take turns in small groups (or large) sharing their "story." We had great fun with that last year, and I'm convinced any age group could do it, with older kids being more detailed. Have fun!
     

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