Lesson Plan

The Cherokee People (Elementary)

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
Subject:
American Indian History and Culture
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SS2H2, SS4H1
Keywords:
Native American history

Overview

In this lesson, elementary students will gain an understanding of cultural elements of the Cherokee people through the use of traditional stories, a primary document, and an activity that increases comprehension of the trade and barter system commonly used by early settlers.

Objective(s)

To help students analyze traditional stories of the Cherokee People and describe aspects of Cherokee life, including Sequoyah/Cherokee Syllabary and common Cherokee settlements/farms.



Materials

Reading: General Cultural Information 

Reading: The Legend of the Cherokee Rose 

Reading: The Legend of the Corn Bread 

Reading: Sequoyah and the Cherokee Syllabary 

Activity: Cherokee Syllabary 

Activity: Trade and Barter



Additional Resources

The Cherokee Indians by Bill Lund (1997; Capstone Press)