This study flourished from a study of the Age of Exploration, when Christopher Columbus showed up on the scene and discovered native people that he called "Indians" because he thought he was in India.
I found a great book at our public library called Explore Native American Cultures, with 25 Great Projects. So, we started to "explore" Native American cultures and the first project was a GEOGRAPHY project. My last blog post contains the information on that particular project, but we were able to study the geography of North America.
Each chapter in the book contains a list of vocabulary words to be familiar with and I wrote them out onto 3 x 5 cards to use as a vocab. matching game. Learning new vocabulary words is part of most LANGUAGE ARTS programs. Each child can also take turns reading each chapter of the book and they can write their own stories about Indians as we go along in this study.
I found a cute wigwam craft idea from Almost Unschoolers. Another easy project needing minimal supplies
Wampum belts tell some of the story of the Iroquois Confederacy using strips of colored beads. The Hiawatha Belt is made of 892 white and 5,682 purple wampum beads. It shows the five original members of the Iroquois Confederacy as squares on either side of a tree. The tree is the Onondaga tribe, whose home is where the five tribes buried their weapons to make peace. I guess you could say they "buried the hatchet", literally.
I made a small wampum belt late this afternoon to see how hard of a project it would be for the kids to tackle. It was actually simple thanks to an art teacher and blogger at "There's a Dragon in my Art Room".
Here's to unit studies. They help make learning a fun, family endeavor!