Lesson Plan

The O'odham

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Community, Design, Environment, Geography, Landscapes, Language Arts, Linguistics, Social Studies
Group Size:
Up to 24
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Science
Indian, Oodham, Village, Tradtitional games, Language, Weaving, pottery, stick game, stories


Students will participate in simulated O'odham cultural activities to
include an O’odham language lesson and role-playing various daily
tasks such as food preparation, games, weaving and pot making.

Students will place a fictional O'odham village along a Santa Cruz
River map while using their knowledge of cultural needs and
climate restrictions. They will describe the advantages of their
chosen site and draw a sketch of their village.


Handouts (see attached lesson plan), butcher paper, drawing materials, index cards, construction paper, scissors, clay or playdough, mesquite beans or corn, grinding stones, craft sticks


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