The students have been researching a Utah Native American tribe as a group for this unit. They have read about the tribe in books, they have researched online, they have created a poster as a visual for their presentation, and they have prepared a Native American tale to retell from their tribe. Today is the big moment for the Navajo tribe! They get to tell the rest of their classmates about the incredible information they have learned about the Navajo tribe!
The Navajo tribe presentation will start our lesson out today. I like the kids to present first so that they feel like their information is most important. They are also so excited to present that they are almost bursting with enthusiasm.
While the tribe is presenting information, I will encourage the rest of the class to take notes on the "Navajo" page in their "Native American Tribes of Utah" Packet. I have included a packet in the resources that could be used for areas outside of Utah as well.
After the presentation we will mark on the map in our packets where in Utah the tribe lived.
Next, I will show the students a video clip about the Navajo tribe as an additional source of information as well as a source for comparing and contrasting information for our writing activity. Again if you are from a different area, you could easily substitute a clip on the tribes from your area.
After the clip, groups will discuss similarities and differences between the presentation and the video clip. This will lead us right into the writing portion of the lesson.
The students have now been richly fed with knowledge about the Navajo tribe from both their classmates and the video clip. They have had a chance to discuss the similarities and differences in a group. We will now fill out a Venn Diagram in our "Native American Tribes of Utah" booklet comparing and contrasting the information presented today.
After filling in the Venn Diagram, we will review as a class what it means to "paraphrase." The writing assignment will be to paraphrase what they have learned from both the presentation and the video clip about the Navajo tribe. This page is also found in the "Native American Tribes of Utah" booklet.