Field Trip - Native Ways

Discover the lifestyles of the Native Americans of this area through games, interactive demonstrations, and direct experience. This is an active and engaging opportunity to experience social studies firsthand, with a focus on the life skills and survival techniques of the southeastern American Indians, this program adds flavor to any classroom history curriculum.
  • Kindergarten

    Native Ways Concepts for Kindergarten include:

    • Change over time in terms of cultural innovation
    • Exploring Native American artifacts and technology such as bow-drill firemaking, atlatl spear throwing, traps, etc.
    • Needs vs. wants in relation to survival
    • Cultural similarities and differences between Native American groups from around the United States
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: K.H.1.1, K.G.2.1, K.G.2.2, K.C.1.2

  • 1st Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 1st Grade include:

    • Transfer of cultural information through storytelling
    • Cultural beliefs, customs, and traditions of Native Americans of the southeastern United States, including games, tools, ceremonies, lifestyle, etc.
    • Differences between modern life and pre-colonial Native life in terms of resources and needs vs. wants
    • The southeastern Indians’ relationship with the environment and dependence on available natural resources
    • Exploring Native American artifacts and technology such as bow-drill firemaking, atlatl spear throwing, traps, etc.
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation
    • Essential Standard:1.H.1.1, 1.H.1.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.C.1.1

  • 2nd Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 2nd Grade include:

    • Trading and exchange of goods between different Native groups and early pioneers
    • Cultural exchange between Native Americans and pioneers
    • Importance of storytelling and oral history in pre-colonial Native society
    • Native Americans’ use of available resources according to geographic region
    • Exploring Native American artifacts and technology such as bow-drill firemaking, atlatl spear throwing, traps, etc.
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 2.G.2.1, 2.G.2.2, 2.E.1.4, 2.C.2.1

  • 3rd Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 3rd Grade include:

    • Friction and its use in Native firemaking
    • Exploring the technological and historical innovations of Native American cultures such as the atlatl, bow and arrow, and
    • the bow-drill fire
    • Importance of Native American storytelling and folk tales as an explanation of nature and the world
    • Cultural differences between eastern woodland Indians and plains Indians: longhouse vs. teepee
    • Native Americans’ use of available resources according to geographic region
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 3.H.1.3, 3.H.2.1, 3.H.2.2, 3.G.1.3, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.2

  • 4th Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 4th Grade include:

    • Examining cultural impacts that Europeans had on Native American life
    • Competition and cooperation between European settlers and Native Americans
    • Differences in pre-columbian and post-columbian Native cultures
    • Regional geography as an influence on different Native American cultures
    • Exploring the technological and historical innovations of Native American cultures such as the atlatl, bow and arrow, and
    • the bow-drill fire
    • Importance of Native American storytelling and folk tales as an explanation of nature and the world
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 4.H.1.1, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2

  • 5th Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 5th Grade include:

    • Borrowing and sharing of traditions and technologies between Native Americans and early pioneers
    • Cultural narratives of different Native American tribes
    • The exchange of agriculture between Native Americans and early American settlers
    • Exploring the technological and historical innovations of Native American cultures such as the atlatl, bow and arrow, and the bow-drill fire
    • Importance of Native American storytelling and folk tales as an explanation of nature and the world
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 5.H.1.1, 5.G.1.1, 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.C.1.1, 5.C.1.2, 5.C.1.3, 5.C.1.4

  • 6th Grade

    Native Ways Concepts for 6th Grade include:

    • How geographic regions affected different Native American cultures
    • Physical vs. human characteristics of a region
    • How Native Americans used and modified the land around them
    • Competition and compromise over natural resources between Native groups and pioneers
    • Exploring the technological and historical innovations of Native American cultures such as the atlatl, bow and arrow, and
    • the bow-drill fire
    • Importance of Native American storytelling and folk tales as an explanation of nature and the world
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 6.H.2.3, 6.G.1.1, 6.G.1.2, 6.G.1.4, 6.C.1.1