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Explore the many different ancient cultures of the first people to live in North America: The Native Americans.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand that Native Americans were the first people to inhabit North America. Many believe that long ago people from Asia crossed the frozen Bering Straight into North America, while following animals that they were hunting. As time progressed, people broke off from the main group and settled in different areas. Soon, there were gro...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Before viewing the video

    1. Ask the students to tell what the word "Indian" brings to mind. Ask the students if they know why the natives are called Indians. The video will explain the answer. Watch the video and pay attention to the regions where the Native North Americans lived.
      Student Application

      Enjoy this brief introduction to Native Americans in the Southwest through folk tales, where they lived, how they lived with each other and how they live today.


      Learning Objectives

      1. Students will gain a greater understanding of the contributions from different groups of American Indians of the Southwest.
      2. Students will understand the difference between sedentary and nomadic people, and realize the impact of these lifestyles on their ability to thrive in The times of European settlement.
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      Supporting Activities

      1. Tell Your Story. Have students work individually or in pairs. Remind students of the story of Turkey Girl and the importance of storytelling to the Native people of the Southwest. Ask students to brainstorm an ideal, moral, or lesson that they have learned and would like to pass on to others. Then have students create their own story to te...

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