Grade 4 Unit 2 Native Americans

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Social Studies                                            

Grade:  4th

Unit 2:  Native Americans                                         

Pacing:  November-January

Essential Question(s):

       1.  How did Native Americans live long ago?

       2.  Why did Native Americans live differently in different parts of the United States?

       3.  What cultures and traditions did Native Americans value?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Native Americans were masters at using their land.
  2. Native American’s lives were affected by their environment.
  3. Cultures and traditions are passed from generation to generation.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority:

1.1-1:  Compare and contrast the cultures and traditions of American Indian peoples.

1.1-2:  Compare and contrast the impact of exploration and colonization on both native peoples and the colonies.

Supporting:

1.5-2:  Explain the relationship between environment and the way of life of American Indians.

1.12-1:  Analyze how trade among colonists and with American Indians affected each group.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

Cultures and traditions of Native Americans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How environment affected their lives

 

 

Impact of exploration and colonization on both native peoples and the colonies

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

Identify cultures and traditions

 

Compare and Contrast cultures and traditions

 

Assess the value or importance of Native Americans’ cultures and traditions

 

 

 

Analyze relationships

 

 

Explain how exploration and colonization affected Native Americans and the colonies

 

Summarize:  Write a short story (telling what you have learned about _______________)

                   

 

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

  1. Who were Native Americans?
  2. What were their lives like long ago?
  3. What cultures and traditions did Native Americans value?

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

  1. Write a short paragraph (5-8 sentences) about the __________ of the (fill in group name) Choose one:  government, economy, culture, traditions, families, etc.     
  2. In 5-8 sentences, explain how the environment affected the way the (fill in group name) lived.
  3. Short quiz (True/False, Fill in blank, or Matching)

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Scott Foresman Workbook:  Native Americans

Scott Foresman Leveled Readers Books on Native Americans

Graphic Organizers

Videos

Smartboard

 

 Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

ancestors

artifacts

band

confederacy

Creek (Southeast Region)

culture

economy

explorer

government

Haida (West Region)

Iroquois (Northeast Region)

Lakota (Midwest Region)

legend

Navajo (Southwest Region)

plaza

sachems

territory

trade

traditions

 

 

 

 

 

Make a booklet (explaining how and why the Native Americans played certain games) Include pictures.  Share with class.

 

Make a diorama (showing how a group of Native Americans lived) 

 

Research a Native American Legend.  Act out or read aloud to class.

 

In small groups, create a PowerPoint presentation on a group of Native Americans (housing, clothing, food, cultures, traditions, government, economy)

Present to class using Smart Board. 

 

Field Trip to Mashantucket Pequot Museum located at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT

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Math

Writing

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Music

Art