Elementary

Resources from National Museum of the American Indian


A brief, illustrated introduction to the exhibits and website of this great, national collection and learning center.

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Examining a Culture from Museum Artifacts


--Peter L. Higgs and Shannon McNeal
Using museum "artifacts" and kits, students employ higher order thinking skills as they compare aspects of ancient cultures with those of today.

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Talking with Children about the Columbian Exchange


--Lynette Field and Judith Y. Singer
The authors describe books for youth about 1) the early encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and 2) cultural and economic wealth generated by the coming of horses to the continent, and 3) forced marches and separation of families.

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Pocahontas: Comparing the Disney Image with Historical Evidence


--Margaret Golden
Fourth grade students critically compare the fictionalized account with various historical sources. In the 1615 English engraving, that Elizabethan collar on Pocahontas "probably hid tattooing."

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A River Through Time:The Gila River and the Akimel O’odham


--Carol Carney Warren
Through the use of primary source materials, students can investigate the effects that dam construction on the Gila River has had on the lifestyle of the Pima Indians in central Arizona.

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Viewing American History Through Native Eyes


--Carol Carney Warren
Websites and books provide ideas for sharing a different perspective on U.S. history.

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American Indians: Hands-On Lessons


--Ann Lyle Rethlefsen
Fourth and fifth grade students learn about the Lakota tradition of creating a buffalo hide "graphic history" to mark important events.

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Teaching About American Indians


--Pamela McFaden Lobb
Consider four categories when selecting materials about American Indians: Native Authors (use whenever possible); art and illustration (avoid stereotypes); language (ex. avoid "squaw"); and perspective (avoid glorifying one historical point of view).

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“I” is for Indian? Dealing with Stereotypes in the Classroom


--Mark Finchum
A primer for recognizing stereotyping where it might occur in alphabet books; textbooks; children's literature; activities around the Thanksgiving and Columbus holidays; and portrayals of modern life in the USA.

http://publications.socialstudies.org/yl/1804/180404.pdf

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Displaced Children in U.S. History: Stories of Courage and Survival


--Brenda Betts
A brief survey of four major U.S. migrations of homeless children: the Cherokee Trail of Tears; the Underground Railroad; the Orphan Train Riders; and the One Thousand Children program (during the Holocaust). Includes brief accounts from four children.

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