November Means Learning About Native Americans!

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Welcome to November!  I'm so happy you've stopped by today!



My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and we all need to be thankful for the Native Americans who helped the first colonists survive in their new land.  In Social Studies, we learn about the Wampanoags, a Native American tribe that lived near Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Here's an example of an anchor chart that I make every year to review our new vocabulary:


Wampanoag 
I try to make my anchor charts as colorful as possible!




As a final project, the kids make amazing Wampanoag home site dioramas!  Check out these examples:




Here's a close-up of one of their creative creations:

Wampanoag





This is the perfect project for this time of year!  We usually spread the project over several days.  On Monday we make the mishoons (canoes); on Tuesday we assemble the wetus (wigwams); and on Wednesday, we put the whole project together!  I LOVE using the LED tealights for the fire - too cute!  I buy the tealights and the little rocks at the Dollar Store.

Here are the links if you would like to recreate this project:  The template for the wigwam (wetu) can be found here, while the template for the canoe (mishoon) can be found here.
 
Please let me know if you have any Native American projects that you make every year or if you decide the make these projects!  I'd love to see them!




by Susan K.

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