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    Kindergarten

    Native Americans

    Core Content Objectives 

    Recall that Native Americans were the first-known inhabitants of North America
    Explain that there are many tribes of Native Americans
    Explain that although there are many diverse tribes of Native Americans, they all needed food, clothing, and shelter to survive
    Explain the importance of the buffalo to the Lakota Sioux
    Describe the nomadic lifestyle of the Lakota Sioux
    Describe the food, clothing, and shelter of the Lakota Sioux, the Wampanoag, and the Lenape
    Describe the environment in which the Lakota Sioux, the Wampanoag, and the Lenape livedDescribe aspects of the Lakota Sioux, Wampanoag, and Lenape culture
    Identify the Wampanoag and Lenape as tribes that settled in a particular area rather than ones that moved from place to placeExplain that Native Americans still live in the United States today
    Explain how some Native Americans today keep alive some of the treadions and practices of their ancestors
     
     
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    Why Native Americans are Important 

     The Native Americans domain introduces students to the broad concept that indigenous people lived on the continents of North and South America long before European explorers visited and settled in this area.  Students will learn that there were many, many different tribes of Native americans, and that each tribe had its own way of eating, dressing, and living, depending on where they lived.  Students will learn about three tribes in particular: the Lakota Sioux of the Great Plains region, and the Wampanoag and the Lenape, both of the Eastern Woodlands region.  They will begin to understand how different geographical regions influenced different lifestyles.  Students will learn that each Native American group has its own distinctive culture.  The last read-aloud focuses on Native Americans today.

     
     
       
     
     
    Core Vocabulary for Native Americans

    Lesson 1

    borrow

    coast

    deserts

    roamed

    shelter

    tribes
     

    Lesson 2

    agile

    galloping

    sacred

    warriors 

     

     

    Lesson 3

    chief

    mischief

    parfleche

     travois

     

     

    Lesson 4

    finally

    horizon

    hunting party

    succulent

     

     

    Lesson 5

    bay

    feast

    rockweed

    wading 

     

     

    Lesson 6

    burrows

    harvested 

    trekked

    wigwam 

     

     

    Lesson 7

    canoes

    moccasins

    tipis

    totem poles

    Lesson 8

    harmony

    powwows

    traditions