Activities that combined learning, doing, and research all proved effective in having a group of kids learn the details of Native American history.
The project took the fifth grade students about six weeks, and included research on types of homes built by native tribes across North America. They will soon be building their own model villages of hogans, longhouses, and wickiups.
Students also had an opportunity to explore a 15 foot teepee outside the school, loaned by their teacher Brenda Meyers.
Students also made connections through an integrated library unit in the Lawrence School District. They learned how Native Americans were forced to attend boarding schools which separated them from their families and culture.
The Haskell Institute, which is now the Haskell Indian Nation University, was once one such boarding school. The connection with local history helped to make the lesson more relatable to the students.