Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Native American History and Culture With Stunning Photographs from National Geographic
A Wealth of Information for Teaching Native American History and Culture
Educators celebrate Native American history during the month of November and they will want to add this gorgeous book to their classroom library. National Geographic's Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture contains a wealth of stories, maps, and photographs contributed by talented photographers that will provide hours of curriculum ideas and lessons. The beginning section of how to use the book is useful with its suggestions. Educators can choose to take each geographic location that Native Americans call home as an individual learning project. Each chapter introduces a native tribe and how they came to be in the area. Detailed maps are included in each chapter for the areas where Native American tribes began and continue to live now. A time line for each tribe's history and cultural development is included for each tribe. Geographical locations include the Arctic and Subarctic, the Northeast, Southeast, Plains, and California. Tribal areas of the Great Basin and the Northwest coast are also included.
Intriguing stories about each tribe's history is of special interest. "Raven's Great Adventure" is just one of many stories that students will be engaged in. The art of each tribe is also of special interest. Sideline inset pockets of "Did you know?" provide interesting facts about each tribe. An educational glossary of vocabulary words for Native American history and culture is included. A comprehensive list of federally recognized tribes is also part of this complete encyclopedia. The detailed map of the locations of Native American reservations completes the book.
This edition from National Geographic is recommended for all ages and classrooms. It has an ISBN of 978-1-4263-3453-5.
Gorgeous Photography of Native American History and Culture
Curriculum Ideas for Celebrating November as Native American Recognition Month
Educators will find a wealth of material in this Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture for the month's curriculum and the year beyond if you choose to include lessons about Native American tribes throughout the school year. Art activities can also be a part of this curriculum.
*Choose one tribe at a time to provide indepth educational projects and lessons.
*The timelines for each tribe provide ideas for curriculum development and lessons. The history of how the white settlers affected each tribe presents a starting point for learning about each tribe.
*Each tribe has leading historical figures that can be introduced to students as notable Native Americans through the years. Assign one of these famous figures to students in groups or to individual students for research. Give students the opportunity to present their research project to the class.
*Study the art of each tribe. Make an art center available in your classroom for students to replicate drawings or art objects from Native American tribes.
*Legends and stories from Native American culture are fascinating. Read the included stories and legends during a reading session. Assign a creative writing project for students to choose one of their favorites from the book and write a detailed description of why this particular story is their favorite.
*Call attention to the fascinating facts in the insets on pages about each tribe. Assign a research project for students to learn more about one of these facts. One example of a fascinating fact is that the tribes in the Northeastern section of the United States played lacrosse.
*Music is also an important part of Native American culture. Call attention to the photographs of musical instruments like drums that each tribe incorporates into its culture.
*Call attention to the Native American Sequoyah and his development of a written language for the Cherokee tribe.
*Call attention to the importance that animals play in the culture of Native Americans. Study each tribe and their involvement with animals in their culture.
*Introduce the glossary of vocabulary words that is included in the book. Assign a creative writing project for students to use the vocabulary words associated with Native American history and culture.
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