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Project Learning: Native Americans_ INFLUENCES ON STATES NAMES & GAMES
The States project is a cooperative, computer research activity with a little map work thrown in at the end. Twenty-six of our states have names that have come from words that were part of Native American languages. There is a list of those states provided in the packet. The challenge to the students is to look up each name on the internet and find out the meaning of the state name & from what Indian Nation it derived. I have included four websites readily available for the students to use in their research.
I would recommend the students work in cooperative groups of three & divide the 26 states among them to do the research & fill in their Origins charts. After all three complete their work on the computer, they will gather in their group to share the information with each other and complete their own charts.
The second part of the assignment can be done individually or as a group. You will need one or three blank U.S. Maps with the state borders on the maps. The students will place the names of the 26 states in the appropriate state on the map followed by the Indian word for the state name. The students should then outline & lightly color in the states with the Indian names. They should complete their map(s) by coloring the rest of the states gray. After the students complete the map(s), ask the students to become creative & design a decorative border around the map using Indian Symbols & Decoration.
................................................................................................................................................ If you select to have students work on their map in their group, I would suggest you have the students increase the size of the map to poster size, drawing the outline of the country & the states free hand. You should then continue with the directions from above to complete the map. You should have the students use their charts to complete the map. Assign each student the same states they researched to add to the map. All should work on the border in some way. Let the group decide how they will
The Indian Games Project - Indian games were an integral part of Native America and served a variety of purposes in the lives of the people. This activity is a Cooperative Learning project that begins individually & ends with groups of 3 or 4 students developing their own game.
The first activity requires each student to read the Who, What, When, Why & How of Native American Games handout & answ The students should be placed in groups of 3 or 4 by the teacher. Set up the groups ahead of time based on the needs of the group. For example, it might be wise to have someone with creative talents & someone with writing talents on each team if possible.
The Indian Game Challenge is to create a game similar to an Indian game using the same kinds of materials the Indians used. The equipment must be things found in nature. The object (or goal) of the game must be centered on developing some kind of Indian life skill. Game instructions must be written & included with the game. The game must have a name. The game & instructions must be stored in a box or bag ready to be played by others.
The Project Evaluation will be done by the students by playing the game & filling out an evaluation sheet (Master included). Student groups should evaluate as many games as possible in one class period. Teacher evaluation and project grade should include the student evaluations of each game. Give each game created a number & have students place game number on their evaluation sheet. KEEP A LIST OF THE GAMES AND THEIR NUMBERS FOR YOUR USE.