To trace the development of the various Indian cultures of the Western Hemisphere, with emphasis on the culture regions of North America.
2 and 1/2 class periods
This lesson begins with an informative map exercise. Class members will form their maps by attaching two of the activity sheets together.
You can help students get started on the map exercise by going through part 1 (a-f) with them. This involves reading two paragraphs about the migration of Indians from Asia to North America more than 20,000 years ago, and then completing a series of directions (a-f) for mapwork.
Class members can work individually on parts 2-5, which cover the culture/ways of living of Indians, arrival of European explorers, and relations between Indians and colonists. Each section includes background information followed by instructions for mapwork.
At the beginning of the second class period, a fun game pertaining to the culture regions of North America is played. Topics include:
• Eastern Woodlands Indians
• Plains Indians
• Southwest Indians
• California-Intermountain Indians
• Northwest Coast Indians
• Far North Indians
The class is divided into five teams. Play begins when everyone turns their papers face down. The teacher reads a section on the Eastern Woodlands Indians, including words that are shown to be missing on the students' activity sheets. Papers will then be turned face up, and team members must try to fill in as many answers as they can within a few minutes. Papers are then collected from one volunteer on each team, and exchanged among these five people. Correct answers are announced and teams are awarded 10 points for each right answer. The game continues in the same way with other sections on the Plains Indians, Southwest Indians, California-Intermountain Indians, Northwest Coast Indians, Far North Indians
After the game ends, students write descriptions of six terms/people related to the lesson topic, as well as answering two Thought Questions that help develop critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.