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Indigenous People & the Tower

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Subject:
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
5.L.1, 5.L.2, 5.L.3, 5.L.5, 5.RF.4, 5.RL.2, 5.RL.3, 5.RL.7, 5.RL.9, 5.SL.1, 5.SL.2

Background

This is a Ranger in the Classroom (RIC) program. It is based on social studies curriculum for grades 3-5. A park ranger will visit your school and deliver an interactive presentation with a classroom activity. Depending on your class schedule, the ranger can deliver multiple programs for each class/section, or a single presentation for all sections at once.

The Indigenous People & the Tower program examines the cultural connections which American Indians have with the Tower site. It introduces the diversity of indigenous cultures which are associated with the Tower, and examines how those associations are still relevant today. The classroom activity allows the class to read different narratives about the Tower; students then compare and contrast those narratives using elements of a story. Students are also given an opportunity to draw a picture which corresponds with the story they read, and we discuss how art is an expression of culture and storytelling.

The ranger will provide most of the materials. They will need a computer with projector, and the school should provide drawing supplies for the students.

To register for the program, go to the program request page and click on "Request a ranger to visit your school."

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