This is a resource that I designed for use in my fourth grade Ohio History class, but it can be adapted to any unit that focuses on prehistoric Native Americans. In this project, students will:
~ Use the eight-step Design Process (Brainstorm, Investigate, Design, Build, Test, Modify, Retest, Reflect.)
~ Develop a tool that would be useful to prehistoric Native Americans, using only materials that would have been available to the Paleo-Indians who first lived in North America.
In my class, we first conducted research using iPads and laptops to discover what types of Paleo-Indian tools have been discovered by archaeologists. We generated lists of supplies and resources that would have been available to these groups of Native Americans (stones, sticks, plants, etc.) as well as supplies that would not have existed. We used these lists to aid us in planning our tool designs.
This could be a project that you begin in class, and that students complete at home. Or, you could complete all of the steps in class over the course of several days. Students can work independently, in pairs, or in small groups. You choose what works best for your class!
Please contact me with any questions! Thanks!!