Friday, May 8, 2020

Native American Legends Week 2

I have lots of planning notes for this block on my website. Here was Week 2:

Monday, May 4

  • recall and add "Sky Bear" to MLB
  • look at the Southeast region on the North America Continent Stencil; discuss plants and animals of this biome; recall work with the Everglades Habitat Mat; ask children who had been to this part of the U.S. to describe it; consider shelter building and look at Mounds of earth and shell from the Native Dwellings series by Bonnie Shemie
  • discuss mound builder culture along Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
  • read new legend:

    How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be
    retold by Beatrice Orcutt Harrell, illustrated by Susan L. Roth
    Choctow - Southeast

Tuesday, May 5

Wednesday, May 6

Thursday, May 7

Friday, May 8

Students begin to see patterns in the stories, and notice that the livelihoods and legends of Native people are deeply intertwined with the natural world. We have read tales of stars, thunder & lightning, fruits, flowers, and birds.

In learning about Native peoples' deep connection to the natural world, I think it is important that we take the time with our own children to stop and notice the beauty of the natural world around them. Participating in activities like National Astronomy Day and Global Big Day can help us model that!

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