The Native American Cultures Activity explores ancient and modern-day Native American cultures of New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. While engaged in this project students will gain a better appreciation of the richness and variety of Native American cultures.
In conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute, students will visit three field sites. Archaeological teams in New Mexico are excavating an ancient Native American settlement. In Utah, scientists are documenting ancient Native American rock art. In Washington, scientists are interviewing members of three local tribal nations, the Swinomish, the Sauk-Suiattle, and the Upper Skagit, to gain a better understanding of the Skagit River and how to save the wild salmon.
Through on-the-scene field reports, photographs, and interviews with scientists and others on the site, students will discover firsthand how Earthwatch teams uncover historical clues and work to preserve important cultural artifacts. Field reports will keep students in contact with the explorer teams, so students can share in the excitement of archaeological discovery.
Students will also have the opportunity to conduct their own research to answer their own questions about the values, lifestyles, and cultures of Native American nations in their local areas.
- Discuss the importance of exploring and preserving ancient artifacts
- Use graphic organizers to order their questions and discoveries
- Read online texts from the Field Sites and Field Reports to build comprehension of the process of exploration and to gain an understanding of other cultures
- Demonstrate an understanding of content by participating in a question and answer discussion of their reading
- Use a variety of technological and informational resources to conduct research about their state's past and present Native American cultures
- Gather, evaluate and synthesize data from a variety of sources
- Communicate their discoveries in the form of a presentation or an informational essay
- Self-evaluate their own research and presentation
- Trace historical developments of a specific culture
- Identify the values, lifestyles, and cultures of varied Native American nations
Offers a lesson plan focused on the values, lifestyles, and cultures of Native American tribes through reading, writing, and note-taking.
Students identify the method through which culture is preserved and transmitted and the challenges faced by those cultures over time.
Students focus on the theme of migration. They learn the variety of reasons why groups of people, specifically the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest, migrated.
Students practice interviewing and the accurate reporting of information obtained from the interview.
Students learn what the farming life was like near the Skagit River for their elders in earlier times.
Students "visit" field sites to study the ancient and modern-day Native American cultures of New Mexico, Utah, and Washington.
3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Students head to New Mexico on a virtual trip to explore 1,000-year-old Native American ruins with a team of experts.