This product includes a 700 word passage on the Military's involvement in hunting the buffalo of the Great Plains to near extinction in the mid-late 1800s. The passage will touch on the Plains Natives' uses and reliance on the buffalo as well as relations between the military and Native American Plains tribes. Upon completion of the reading, students will create a timeline of the events.
The timeline activity is differentiated - One sheet allows students to write the events and years in themselves, while the other sheet already has the events written (students must find only the years themselves). Students will cut out the events and paste them on their timeline (sheet of construction paper).
The reading also comes with two other activities. 1.) A set of six questions to assess student understanding. Students will be given colors and must find the answers to the questions by underlining the evidence with the correct colors. 2.) A persuasive writing assignment. After learning about General Sheridan and President Ulysses Grant, students will write a short letter trying to persuade the government to either change the name of the town of Sheridan, Wyoming, or remove President Grant from the fifty dollar bill (students must use evidence from the text).
Passage was written by Native American teachers on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and used in 4th grade and Lakota History classrooms. Answer key included for timeline and assessment questions
You may also check student comprehension by playing a game on Kahoot.com here: