I always joke with my students on the first day that there will be no curse words used in my class. They all giggle and I tell them the "curse word"...indian. As I have become even more obsessed with Native Americans and their culture over the past few years, "Native American" just sounds like a more dignified term that I encourage students to use. Native Americans is my second favorite unit, besides-you guessed it-the American Revolution. I always get excited to introduce the tribes that we study here in Georgia. My classroom library is chock full of resources for us to use to supplement our learning. Read below to see this week's first tribe of study-the Inuit.
Monday- we'll do a think-pair-share and review the text we read last Thursday and Friday, "The Very First Native Americans". We'll briefly discuss general tribe locations and then I'll have a hook for the Inuit. I'll introduce the tribe with my Inuit Differentiated Reading Passages and we will answer the questions in small groups. I love that each reader can access the text at his or her own level, especially at this early point in the year.
Tuesday- we'll start with the Arctic Native Americans differentiated passages and spend some time in group discussion.
Wednesday- I absolutely love integrating children's literature so it makes perfect sense to be for us to read "" as a supplement to this unit. The kids love it and I'm all about some Mary Pope Osbourne. #mthforlyfe We'll take some notes in our Social Studies Interactive Notebooks as well.
Thursday- Did you know that Magic Tree House has amazing nonfiction companions to go with their books? Yes! I own a class set of each of them because I'm all about some paired texts and making sure students are adequately exposed to both types of text. We'll read Polar Bears & The Arctic: Nonfiction Companion and take some more notes.
Fun Day Friday- I always try to do something a little different on Fridays. Because #thestruggleisreal and I'm certain after our first full week of school, we will all be exhausted by then! I've planned a fun little Color-By-Vocab activity and crossword puzzle to review what we've learned. I'll also try to create a Youtube video about the Inuit for us to watch!
If we finish early or have extra time, I've prepped Inuit and space task cards to get the kids up and moving! Anyone have a great craft idea or game that you'd add to my plans for this week?
James & Dana
A husband and wife teacher team who love integrating social studies and science into other subjects for diverse elementary classrooms.
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