Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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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 KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description below the Native American Traditions topic page.
  • 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 and ASSESS 

Students take the Native American Traditions Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about Native American traditions while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that answers this question: What are some 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. 

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Time Zone X: Native Americans: Place historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of Native American history, culture, and contributions, with these topics: Pocahontas, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, Reservations, and Navajo Code Talkers.

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