Lesson Plan

Transportation

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
History, Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Duration:
45-60 Min
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
Social Studies:
Fourth Grade
4.1.1,4.1.3
Eighth Grade
8.1.1 ,8.1.2 

Language Arts: (writing)
Fourth Grade
W.1,W.2,W.3,W.5,W.6,W.7
Eighth Grade
W.1,W.2,W.3,W.4,W.5,W.6,W.7

Overview

For the Hidatsa, transportation provided a means of moving from place to place as necessary, and a way to gather the resources needed for trade and community well-being.

Objective(s)

The students will:
Discuss travel then and now.
Research design and build a bullboat.

Background

Lesson 3 integrates active listening and discussion as students learn about transportation from Good Bird The Indian: His Story. Then they research bullboats and design and build a bullboat using the Internet and materials provided by the teacher.

A set of instructions is included in the kit for use with lower grade levels.        

Materials

Student Background Reading
Book- GoodBird the Indian:His Story
Instructions to build a bull boat
CD - Hidatsa Language

Procedure

Assessment

Formativeassessment:
Students ask questions during reading and discussion.
Students ask and answer questions during the research phase of their bull boat project. 

Summativeassessment:

Students answer discussion questions

Park Connections

Situated on the Missouri River transportation corridor, the villages were an integral part of a vast trading empire; a crossroads of culture where trade goods, ideas, technology, spirituality, and world views were shared.

Extensions

Bring in a large container, fill it with water and allow students to test their boats to see what kind of load they could transport.
Have a competition to determine who can transport the heaviest load. One suggestion would be to see how many apples their boat could carry and allow the students to eat a healthy snack after the competition.

Vocabulary

Bull boat, willow, cottonwood, horses, travois, burden