Lesson Plan

The People and the Land (Changing Times)

Native Alaskan youth sitting near a river

What happens when different cultures meet?

NPS Photo / Nathan Kostegian

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Geography, Pioneer America, Social Studies, Sociology, Westward Expansion
Duration:
Two 1 hour sessions
Group Size:
8 or fewer
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards for ...
Social Studies:
Standards I, II, III, IV, V

Geography:
Elements 1, 2, 4, 6

English:
Standards 1, 2, 3, 7

History:
Topics 1, 2,
Era 8

Overview

In "People and the Land (Changing Times)," students will how and when cultural interactions occurred in the Denali area, and how those interactions changed each culture.

Our "People and the Land" unit is broken into five lesson plans, taking 30 - 180 minutes to complete, and targeted at varying grade levels. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit - each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources. This is lesson 4 of the unit.

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: How and when did cultural interactions occur in the Denali area? How did they affect the culture?

Critical Content: Students will learn about cultural interactions from an historical perspective.

Student Objectives: Students will ...

  • review historical accounts
  • identify pertinent information from readings (events and dates)
  • integrate information from various sources

 

Background

Our "The People and the Land" unit is broken into five lesson plans, each taking 45 - 120 minutes to complete, and targeted mainly at fifth and sixth grade students. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.

The final lesson, "The People and the Land (Team Research)" can be done independently, as a research project, or as a final assessment after having done some, or all, of the other lessons in the unit.

Check out the other lessons:

Lesson 1: On the Move
Lesson 2: What is Community?
Lesson 3: Coming Together
Lesson 4: Changing Times
Lesson 5: Team Research

Materials

  • Colored 5x7 index cards
  • 20 foot string/rope
  • 50+ clothespins or large paperclips.

Procedure

Extensions

Use the timeline as a spring board for students to review primary documents and add information to the timeline. Students may want to research a specific person's life and integrate into the timeline.