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Native American Regions

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Climate & Environment

Geography

History

Help students learn to appreciate the Native Americans' varied histories and cultural contributions.

avatar Submitted By: Lisa Lougheed

April 2, 2018

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

Supporting Files

Native American Regions chart


Native American Regions Rubric


A rubric for assessing the Planning, Construction, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration of each project.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and Contrast how American Indians in each region used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.

Guiding Ideas

How did Native Americans adapt to their environment?

How did environments influence the items Native Americans created?

Why did Native American cultures differ across North America?

What are similarities and differences in the ways groups of Native Americans met their needs?

 

Student Activities

Students will research various Native American regions. This could be done using a textbook or internet resources. It could also be a classroom lesson taught by the teacher.

Students will complete the attached chart for each region.

Students will plan a region to model in Minecraft. How will they show the geography? How will they build the house? How will they show the food source? Culture?

Then they will choose a region to model in Minecraft.

Performance Expectations

They will work in a small group 2-3 students to create a world that shows the geography, type of house, food source, and cultural heritage. Students will use the information they have from their Native American regions chart to draft their plan. They should first sketch out how they will build the home and their ideas for including food sources and cultural artifacts.

They will use signs in the world to label each item they build.

Students will use the camera and portfolio to document that they have included: geography, home, food source, and culture. In the portfolio, they will caption each picture with a label. For example: the home of the Southwest should be labeled "Pueblo."

A rubric will be used to assess student work.

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

External References

Supporting Files

Native American Regions chart


Native American Regions Rubric


A rubric for assessing the Planning, Construction, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration of each project.