How does where the Native Americans live affect the kind of houses they constructed?
Throughout history, people have devised shelters based on weather, geography, and available resources. Students will design and build models of simple shelters, just as the Native Americans did.
Students will use your knowledge of Native Peoples to plan, design, and construct shelters that withstand the elements!
This document contains 22 slides to guide instruction over the course of 8 days. As the teacher you will easily be able to change the timeframe to meet the needs of your students.
Included are instructions to the teacher, suggestions for differentiation, and test result scoring guide.
- Build background knowledge by observing Native American housing of the United States.
- Design a simple shelter (using Native American designs)
- Plan a blueprint of a simple housing structure.
- Learn to barter with other group members for materials.
- Collaborate with peers in the creation of the shelter
- Test the shelter against weather elements (wind and rain).
- Follow strict challenge criteria
- Problem solve and think critically
- Self reflect on their design and work in their groups.
Want a harder challenge?
Have students use figurines to make the shelter fit a family of four.
Want an easier challenge?
Demonstrate for students ways to connect their materials. Provide them more materials such as masking tape or glue.