Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
"Native Americans covers the culture, history, and traditions of many Native American tribes through different content areas, including language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. The book is aligned to common core state standards and does a good job relating past events with the present using vocabulary that is appropriate for the subject area and grade level."
Detailed Book Description
Explore how the first Americans, faced with varying climates in a vast land hundreds and thousands of years ago, developed everything we take for granted today: food supplies, shelter, clothing, religion, games, jewelry, transportation, communication, and more.
Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans uses hands-on activities to illuminate how the Native Americans survived and thrived by creating tools, culture, and a society based on their immediate environment. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars bring the topic to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary. Projects include building an archaic toolkit, creating Algonquin art, experimenting with irrigation systems, inventing hieroglyphics, making a "quinzy," and playing the Inuit game of nugluktaq. In addition to a glossary and an index, an extensive appendix of sites and museums all over the country offers ideas where families can learn more about the various Native American cultures.
Kids ages 9-12 will gain an appreciation for the diversity of people and culture native to America, and learn to problem solve in a way that respects the environment.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The First Americans
The Archaic and Formative Periods
The Northeast Woodlands and Great Lakes Tribes
The Southeast Tribes
The Great Plains Tribes
The Southwest and Mesoamerican Tribes
The Pacific Northwest Tribes
The Arctic Tribes
New Immigrants, Manifest Destiny, and the Trail of Tears