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I think that it is important for young children to learn about the great culture of Native Americans. It is also important for young children to understand that not ALL Native Americans lived (and live) in the same way. Not ALL Native Americans lived in a tipi and hunted buffalo. This packet is written in general terms for young children (preK, Kindergarten, first grade, and early second grade). As children grow and mature, they will be able to handle more information. I have tried to write a unit that is both respectful to the Native American culture and simple enough for a 5-8 year old child to understand. Students will receive a glimpse of the life styles of Native Americans of the PAST through creation of a book using step by step drawing illustrations. A coloring book style is also included. A full color book with realistic photographs as well as Native American craft ideas with directions for how to create each one is also included. The crafts can be made with materials that are within a teacher's budget!
Step by step illustrations for drawing a horse, tipi, pueblo, Native American girl and boy, totem pole, pottery bowl, masks, buffalo, and canoe.
Craft ideas for creating a clay horse, tortilla shell tipi, cardboard box pueblo, parfleche bag, paper plate mask, TP roll canoe, totem pole, pottery bowl from Crayola modeling compound, and embroidery hoop dream catcher
Original designs and directions for creating a sand painting
Full color illustrations and words for your word wall
A map outlining the general Native American regions of the past
Directions for playing a Native American hand game
2 reading levels of booklets to aid in differentiation
A list with photographs of Native American picture books
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