Are you looking for a way to learn about Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands that can be tailored to your family’s specific needs?
One that is literature-based and has a variety of activities and learning materials related to the books you read?
A unit study that teaches your children how to place events in time, work with maps and study primary sources, but is also fun?
Welcome to our latest Adventures Through History!
These unit studies have been created with homeschooling families in mind and can be used with one child or multiple children. They are designed specifically for 4th-8th graders, but older and younger children in your family can be included as you see fit.
The Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands unit study is based on the following two books (The links below are affiliate links.):
Children of the Longhouse written by Joseph Bruchac
The Sign of The Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.
Throughout the study, your family will learn about the Iroquois Confederacy, how it came to be, and the cultures of both the Iroquois and Algonquian people. (Note: “Iroquois” was the word the Europeans used to describe these people for some unknown reason. Haudenosaunee is the word the people of these tribes have traditionally used to refer to themselves so you will see these two words used interchangeably.)
Each Adventures Through History study contains Core Activities that are recommended all families complete and several Optional Activities for families to choose from based on what will work best for them. Even within the Core Activities, ideas about how to adapt them to different needs are suggested. For example, you may choose to read the book as a read aloud with the whole family or assign the book as independent reading to your children.
Core Activities in the Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands Study
Listening to Learn Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands gives you an overview of the tribes in the northeast and a little of their history while your children color and draw on a picture.
Eighteen Vocabulary Cards teach key words your children will need to know to understand the unit and carry over to other history learning.
Listening to Learn: The Iroquois gives you a more in-depth look at each of the six nations that make up the Iroquois Confederacy.
Notebooking Pages for Children of the Longhouse with questions you can discuss as a family or have your children use to narrate the book to you or practice their writing skills. (Answer key included.)
Listening to Learn: Algonquian People gives you an overview of the culture of the tribes in this language group of Native Americans.
Notebooking Pages for This Sign of the Beaver with questions you can discuss as a family or have your children use to narrate the book to you or practice their writing skills. (Answer key included.)
Optional Activities in the Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands Study
The following activities are included in the Indigenous People of the Northeastern Woodlands unit study for your family to choose which will work best. Different activities might work better for different children in your family. Pick the ones you want to complete and forget the rest.
Folktale Notebooking Pages
Object Studies and Primary Source Document Studies
Timelines with Events
Notebooking Pages with links to research.
Hands-on Activities and Projects including recipes, crafts, and games.
List of related books, videos and movies.
Research a Tribe Notebooking Pages with links to research.
Medicinal Plant Notebooking Pages
End of Unit Projects
Materials Needed: Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac and The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, printable pages from this study, internet for doing research.
Optional Materials: Native American Stories told by Joseph Bruchac, additional books for further reading and research, ingredients for any recipes you choose to make, art and craft supplies for projects you may choose to create.
Approximate Time to Complete: 6-8 weeks
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