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From Sea to Shining Sea

Hold a Native American Conference

Objective: Students will gather and organize information about the Native American groups they learned about in Unit 2. Students will use this information to organize a conference on Native American groups.

What You Need:

Suggested Time:
3 hours over a period of 1 or 2 days

Building Background:
Draw three columns on the board and write the name of the three Native American groups that students learned about in Unit 2: the Kwakiutl, the Cheyenne and the Navajo. Have students talk about what they know about where each Native American group lived and about their way of life. Write students' answers in the appropriate columns. Then tell students that they will organize a conference to present information about these three Native American groups.

What To Do:

1. Divide the class into three groups and assign each student group one of the Native American groups listed on the board. Distribute copies of the Hold a Native American Conference worksheet and the North America: Political map to each group.

2. Have the groups use their textbooks and other reference books about Native Americans to complete the worksheet. If you have Internet access, students can find information at the following sites:

Native American Website for Children

This site, specifically designed for young students, contains a collection of information on four Native American groups: the Cheyenne, the Navajo, the Kwakiutl, and the Inuit.

Native Americans

This site provides a large collection of links related to the cultures and histories of several Native American groups in North America including the Kwakiutl, the Cheyenne and the Navajo.

3. After the groups have completed their worksheets, have them organize their notes into different presentations. Encourage students to create maps and drawings with captions to tell about the Native American group they researched. Post students' presentations in separate sections of the classroom. Invite students to tour the "conference" and ask questions of representatives of each research group. You might also invite other classes to tour the conference.

Have students discuss the similarities and differences between the three Native American groups they researched.


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