In this unit students will research the Native
American cultures and the impact that exploration and colonization had
Student Activity #1: Power Point Lesson
students' prior knowledge and teach Power Point program.
Survey, or KWL
- First determine the prior knowledge of technology.
You can use any of these links:
- Give students time (a day or two) to explore the computer
before introducing Power Point.
- If students are already familair with Power Point, class
lessons on Power Point will not be necessary. Here are two
Student Activity #2: Research Native American Culture
- Have students prepare Power Point presentation about
themselves. These can be viewed for parents at Back to School
Night, parent conferences, or any other forum.
Roles in the
- Divide class into groups. The size of the groups will
be based on the number of students in the class, and the number of tribes to
research. Each group will research different aspects of Native American
student responsible for only one or two.
Student Activity #3: Research Impact of Exploration and Colonization
- Fill in storyboard to
plan Power Point program. Teacher approves storyboard before students
begin working on the computer. See example.
- Repeat steps from Student Activity #2 on the impact of
European exploration and colonization on their tribe.
Student Activity #4: Create Power Point Project
Compare and Contrast
- Students develop the storyboards using their research to
create a Power Point project comparing and contrasting the lives of
Native Americans before and after exploration and colonization.
- Peer review of projects using rubrics.
Student Activity #5: Class Book
- Class presentation of project.
- Students will contribute to a class book.
Write a diary
as if they were a member of a Native American tribe. Write about their
life before and after.
Video diary of
their life as a Native American
perform, and video a song illustrating their response to
interview of a Native Amercan.
Create a news
report about meeting a Native American from the past who has just
- Give students a choice of response to what they have
learned. The choices can include as many as you wish:
Create a poem to respond
legend explaining what has happened.