Back to the INB.this PowerPoint to get an overview of Native American groups that are or were found in Texas. We go over all of them, but really focus on five. Each year I allow my class to vote on which five they would like to focus on, so it can be different.
I like to start out by discussing the different types of shelter that Native Americans live in, because let's be real, most of our students think that students live in teepees exclusively which just isn't the case. This gives me a good chance to check out what other misconceptions my students may have, and try to start unraveling them from the beginning.
Once our five tribes have been chosen we dig a little deeper as a class to find out more about them and record our information on this fold-up.
Then begins the knitty-gritty. Students then rank the the groups they would like to study from one to five and are assigned a tribe to study by moi. (One year I let them choose with little interference from me, and I will never do that again.)
we use these QR codes along with books from the school and local library and anything else we can get our hands on. Because it is so hard to find kid level research that doesn't dumb down the facts I usually print and keep anything that we find of value.
Of course, students finish up their research and projects at all different times, so I also have these task cards and activities handy to keep everyone engaged!
Books to Support the Unit: