ERIC Number: ED408217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Investigating Artifacts: Making Masks, Creating Myths, Exploring Middens. Teacher's Guide: Grades Kindergarten-6. LHS GEMS.
California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.
This guide interweaves activities with major themes in science and the humanities. Drawing respectfully upon the deep, diverse, and living folkways of Native American cultures, these activities help provide students with a wider understanding of their world and a greater appreciation for cultural diversity. The unit integrates science, mathematics, art, language arts, and social science. Students use masks and myths as the subject areas in their study of cultures. Middens are introduced as a way to study archaeological findings and the process of discovery. The six sessions in the unit are entitled: (1) "Natural Collecting and Sorting"; (2) "Making Masks and Inferences"; (3) "Creating Myths"; (4) "Sharing Myths"; (5) "Uncovering the Past or What's Hidden in the Midden"; and (6)"Putting Together Clues from the Past." Resource pages accompany each session with a complete bibliography, resources listing, and literature connections. Assessment suggestions accompany the unit with a background essay for teachers before beginning the study. The debate regarding the excavation of tribal lands is also addressed in the text. (EH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Heritage Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Material Culture, Multicultural Education, Social Studies, Teaching Guides
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.