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American Indians: Hands-On Lessons


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--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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American Indians: Hands-On Lessons


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--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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Viewing American History Through Native Eyes


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

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


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


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--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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Pocahontas: Comparing the Disney Image with Historical Evidence


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--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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Pocahontas: Comparing the Disney Image with Historical Evidence


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--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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Talking with Children about the Columbian Exchange


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--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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Talking with Children about the Columbian Exchange


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--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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Examining a Culture from Museum Artifacts


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--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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