Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Native American Traditions, and supports the standard of analyzing similarities and differences between multiple cultures. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students, “How is your culture similar to and different from a friend’s culture?” Prompt them to share examples from their experiences.

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the two Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that identifies regional differences between Native American cultures and traditions. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that compares and contrasts elements of Native American cultures in different regions of North America. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that symbolize different Native American cultural traditions.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Native American Traditions. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How do external factors, like environment and interaction with other groups, shape culture?
  • What causes cultures to change? 
  • How can people stay connected to their history through traditions?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Native American Traditions Quiz. 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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