The School District of St. Lucie County’s fifth grade students at Fairlawn Elementary, Northport K-8 and Palm Pointe recently studied and did research to gather information on Native American tribes and culture from different geographic regions in North America.
Fairlawn Elementary School fifth graders researched and learned about Native Americans, their dwellings, clothing, foods, and location of different tribes. Students researched and wrote a report, created a natural habitat for display, and gave an oral presentation of their projects.
Northport K-8 fifth grade students in Carla Caldwell’s class demonstrated critical information learned through intensive studies of Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America. Students compared and contrasted the different interactions each had with their geographic region and how this affected their lifestyle and their dwellings. Students identified cliff dwellers and Pueblo people of the Desert Southwest, coastal tribes of the Pacific Northwest, nomadic nations of the Great Plains and Eastern Woodlands tribes found east of the Mississippi River. Students constructed replicas of dwellings and tribal regions for display in the media center.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition fifth graders used a variety of resources to compare and contrast two Native American cultures from different regions of America. They specifically studied how the two regions are alike and different in aspects of food, clothing, shelter, music, art and religious beliefs
Native Americans are the indigenous peoples within the boundaries of the present-day United States, including those in Alaska and Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes and ethnic groups, many of which survive as intact political communities. The terms used to refer to Native Americans have been controversial. According to a 1995 U.S. Census Bureau set of home interviews, most of the respondents with an expressed preference refer to themselves as "American Indians" or simply "Indians"; this term has been adopted by major newspapers and some academic groups, but does not traditionally include Native Hawaiians or certain Alaskan Natives, such as Aleut, Yup'ik, or Inuit peoples.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Oct. 2013