ERIC Number: ED334055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Collection of Teaching Units in American Indian Education.
Montana State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Helena.; Eastern Montana Coll., Billings.
This collection of 11 teaching units was developed by elementary school teachers who attended the Montana Institute for Effective Teaching of American Indian Children, held at Eastern Montana College in June 1990. The first unit teaches the alphabet to kindergarten students using cultural activities related to English or Salish words that begin with the appropriate letter. The second unit teaches kindergarten students and first graders about American Indian clothing and how it was made. Intended for Grades 4-8, the other units: (1) explain symbols and images from the Lakota and White cultures; (2) build student self-esteem through varied activities that allow the children to experience success through cooperative learning; (3) introduce students to pre-contact Native American history and culture, using cooperative learning and whole language approaches; (4) allow each student to explore the culture of a particular tribe in depth; (5) examine the cultural origins of holidays; (6) familiarize students with the history and culture of the Salish and Kootenai tribes; (7) use oral histories and group work to make history relevant to students and sensitize students to the biases of historians; (8) improve cross-cultural understanding through curriculum changes that respect Native American culture and history; and (9) use the book "Chief Plenty Coups" to raise student self-esteem at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor, Montana. Each unit contains objectives, materials needed, time requirements, procedures, and evaluation methods. Some units include lesson plans and learner materials. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian History, Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Elementary Education, History Instruction, Learning Activities, Multicultural Education, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Helena.; Eastern Montana Coll., Billings.