Lesson Plan

The People and the Land (Coming Together)

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Civic Engagement, Geography, History, Pioneer America, Westward Expansion
Duration:
45 - 60 minutes
Group Size:
8 or fewer
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National Standards for ...
Social Studies:
Standards I, II, III, IV, V, VII

Geography:
Elements 1, 2, 4, 5

English:
Standards 1, 2, 3

History:
Topics, 1, 2 (Alaska only)
Era 8

Overview

In "People and the Land (Coming Together)," students will discover the need for cooperation to maintain the common good.

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 3 of the unit.

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: Why did people begin living in communities in early times?

Critical Content: The need for cooperation to maintain the common good.

Student Objectives: Students will ...

  • participate in role-playing exercises
  • use available information to make decisions
  • compare and contrast concepts and information

 

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

Poster paper for making a class compilation of individuals / smaller groups' brainstorm lists.

Procedure

Assessment

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you think the reasons for creating communities have changed over time?

2. Were they the same or different thousands of years ago compared to the early 1900's ? Compared to today? Explain and support your reasons.

3. What is meant by the statement "to maintain the common good" or "for the good of the common" as it relates to community?

4. Beyond the physical needs of food, water, and shelter, what other needs might be filled with the creation of a community? Focus on both the physical and non-physical needs.

5. Do we have different needs as individuals when we are part of a community (ex. I need my own shelter)? What are they? Have these changed over time?

6. Do we have needs as a whole community? In other words, because we are a group of people living together, are there things we need to help manage the group (ex. a community needs laws)? What are they?

7. What are the benefits of living in a community? Are there disadvantages for living in a community? What are they if there are?

8. Why did communities form in the Denali area?