Fifth Graders Build Lifesize Shelters and Travois as They Study Native American Culture

The fifth graders recently completed a unit on culture and tradition. They gained further understanding of their own cultures and traditions and dove into extensive research about the original culture of our land, the Native Americans. With the guiding question of “How does where we live affect how we live?” students examined Native American tribes, their location, resources, transportation, shelter and more. As a final task, the students collaborated to create a Plains Indian village. They had to build the correct type of shelter based on the Plains Indians’ reliance on the buffalo as well as their own travois, which the Plains Indians used to transport resources when they needed to move to follow the buffalo. Check out the pictures here.
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