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          This January in the Language Arts and Social Studies class we will be studying Native American Cultures. In class we will learn about Northwest Tribes (though we will do some comparative study as well). At home each of you should pick a tribe to specialize in. This could be a Northwest Tribe or any other Native American people you want to learn about. We will have a student work exhibition and potluck on Thursday March 22nd. Students will be making books of knowledge to present at this event. I would really love to make this an awesome event. Any parents who would like to help with this please let me know.

 

Any parent who has knowledge to share on this topic should contact me. Any parent who has a great idea for a hands on project that they want to help with should contact me as well. This should be a very exciting topic to study.

 

          Please be sure to adapt all assignments to fit your child’s age and ability. I have included an assignment work schedule for all elementary students. We will review this at each monthly conference per the ALE laws.

 

Reading assignments for students to work on at home:

  • Read fiction and non-fiction books on Native Americans
  • Read fiction and non-fiction about the tribe you are focusing on.

     

    Writing assignments for students to work on at home:

  • Research writing: paragraphs and essays about your focus Native American tribe. (See Below)
  • Narrative story about a character that lives in your focus tribe.
  • Native American Inspired Creation Myth – Story of how something came to be.
  • Writing Journals – Write in these 15 minutes every day when you do not have another writing assignment.

     

    Important News and Upcoming Events:

     

  • Write about Native Americans – Create Book of Knowledge Pages
  1. Roller Skating at Bremerton Skateland. Friday 1/19/18. See email about this trip. 

     

    2. Tree Card Sales – VOICE Fundraiser and environmental project! See previous email. We can still sell tree cards.

     

    3. Trip to State Capital in Olympia – Thursday February 1st – See upcoming email on the details.

     

    4. Join a committee: (We have fun!).

              - Field Trip Planning

              - Fund Raising

    Please contact Daniel if you would like to work on one of these.

     

    Research Question Bank:  Native American Studies

     

    Choose a Native American tribe that you want to research. It is my goal that each student will have a different tribe though there is bound to be overlap. Go to the library and get a book(s) on this tribe. Write a report on your tribe by answering as many of these questions (and others that you think of)  as you can. Answer each question in a short paragraph and make an illustration to go with the paragraph. Put them together with an introduction and conclusion and create your own book of knowledge about this tribe. Have fun and become an expert on this tribe.

     

  2. Where are their tribal homelands? What was their traditional land area and what is it now?
  3. What role did stories play in their culture? What are some stories from their tribe?
  4. What was their art like? Did they make masks or jewelry or …? What is their art like today?
  5. What is their music like? What instruments do they play?
  6. What landscape did they live in and how did it influence their way of life?
  7. What was their pattern of living? Did they move seasonally or did they have a permanent home?
  8. What is the history of the tribe? What are some of the most important historical events for this tribe?
  9. What foods were traditionally eaten? What did they hunt? What did they gather? What methods of hunting did they use?
  10. What was their clothing like? What was there clothing made of? Did they have special ceremonial clothing? Did they have accessories?
  11. What was their religion and religious beliefs? How did interactions with Europeans society change their religious practices?
  12. What were their homes like? What materials were used to make them? Why were they designed that way?
  13. What were their lifecycles ceremonies like? How did they perform funerals, weddings, namings etc…
  14. Who were the most famous people in your tribes? Write a biography of someone who fascinates you.
  15. What was their relationship with nature?  Did they have totem animals? If so what animals were important to this tribe?
  16. What forms of transportation did they use?
  17. What was their population traditionally and what is it now?
  18. What names where applied to them and what names did they have for themselves?
  19. What happened when they came in contact with European’s?
  20. What contributions did they pass on that are influencing society today?
  21. What was a special symbol to your tribe?
  22. What are the main sports/ games that your tribe played?
  23. How warlike were they? Who were their allies and enemies? What were famous battles did they fight?
  24. What weapons did they traditionally use for hunting?
  25. What is tribal sovereignty? Why is it important to Native American Tribes?

 

 January 2018

Native Americans

 

Please bring all work to class each time. Even if you are only partly done your work it helps to see what you have accomplished. #1. Novel and Non-Fiction Reading:

Select and read fiction and non-fiction books about the Native American Tribe you are learning about. You can use picture books, non-fiction books, historical fiction books. See me if you have any questions about this. Read thirty minutes each day. Each of you should complete the monthly book assignment on at least one of the books you read.

 

Book Assignment: Complete One!

          1. Pick the big idea/theme of your book and write an essay/paragraph that examines this topic in the book, your life and/or the world.

          2. Pick an intriguing character from the book and write an essay about his/her motivations, aspirations, success and failures. What lessons can you or others learn about life from this character’s actions?

          3. Create a movie poster for the book you read. Be sure to have a paragraph on the plot without giving away the ending.

          4. Create a new book jacket with writing and illustrations about the book.

 

#2. Writing Assignments:

 

Week 1 (1/8) – Winter Expository Writing Assessment: Choose 1

    1. Totem Animal or b. Norwest Native Americans. See assignment sheet. Write rough draft!

      Week 2 (1/15) – – Winter Expository Writing Assessment: Choose 1

  1. Totem Animal or b. Norwest Native Americans. See assignment sheet. Write final draft!

    Week 3 (1/22) – Writing Narrative Stories: Animal stories – How the beaver got big teeth or …. Rough Draft

    Week 4 (1/29) – Writing Narrative Stories: Animal stories – How the beaver got big teeth or …. Final Draft

     

    #3. Social Studies – Native Americans

    Week 1 (1/8)  – Research, write and illustrate paragraph #1 on your focus Native American tribe. Use the project bank for ideas. 

    Week 2 (1/15)  – Research, write and illustrate paragraph #2 on your focus Native American tribe. Use the project bank for ideas. 

    Week 3 (1/22)  – Research, write and illustrate paragraph #3 on your focus Native American tribe. Use the project bank for ideas. 

    Week 4 (1/29) - Research, write and illustrate paragraph #4 on your focus Native American tribe. Use the project bank for ideas. 

     

    #4. Geography: Learning the Native American Tribes of Washington

     

    Week 1 (1/8)  – Memorize the names of WA State tribes (5)

    Week 2 (1/15)  – Memorize the names of WA State tribes (10)

    Week 3 (1/22)  – Memorize the names of WA State tribes (15)

    Week 4 (1/29) – Memorize the names of WA State tribes (20)