Traditional Indigenous Homes

Traditional Indigenous Homes

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You are part of an indigenous clan living in your native land prior to the 1700s. Your clan is task with building a traditional house.

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December 1, 2020

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Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Video of Example Build

Video of Tlingit traditional video made by 2nd Graders.

Tlingit World

Download the example Traditional Tlingit Winter Village made by 2nd graders in Southeast Alaska.

Supporting Files

Sample Unit Plan


Unit: Preserving the Past with the Future (Tlingit Culture of SE Alaska)

Learning Objectives

  • Players will explore, create, and share how some Indigenous cultures lived long ago by creating a model in Minecraft Education Edition.
  • Learning about Indigenous cultures, enrich our understanding about the history, geography, and people of our world. Students will understand that Indigenous people lived differently long ago. They will learn that cultures were influenced by many environmental factors.

Guiding Ideas

Big Idea: How did indigenous people live long ago?

• How did the environment affect how Indigenous people lived?

• How did the resources that were available to Indigenous people long ago affect their survival?

• What kind of shelter was necessary for their survival?

• How can you show how Indigenous people lived long ago using Minecraft?

• How can you make sure the traditional home you build is culturally respectful and accurate?

• How can you teach others what you have learned?

 

Student Activities

1. Students will choose an Indigenous culture to research.

2. Students will learn how people in that culture lived long ago. Students will research by: working with elders & tribes, taking virtual field trips, researching online, reading books, etc.

3. Students will create a culturally respectful and accurate model of a traditional shelter.

Students will share what they have learned by making a video tour or inviting others to their world.

 

Performance Expectations

Students will explore, create, and share how some Indigenous people lived long ago using Minecraft. Students will build a traditional home and use their world to share with others what it would be like to live long ago. Their creation will be culturally respectful and as culturally accurate as possible.

 

Extensions:

• Challenge yourself can you complete your build in survival using only the resources you find.

• Can you find and store enough food for winter?

• Use signs to incorporate the Native language.

• Document what you have learned with a camera, book and quill.

• Add NPCs that share important facts about the culture.

• Export your shelter or another creation in your world to create a 3D model

 

Skills

  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Video of Example Build

Video of Tlingit traditional video made by 2nd Graders.

Tlingit World

Download the example Traditional Tlingit Winter Village made by 2nd graders in Southeast Alaska.

Supporting Files

Sample Unit Plan


Unit: Preserving the Past with the Future (Tlingit Culture of SE Alaska)