ERIC Number: ED467992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Creating a Sacred Place To Support Young American Indian and Other Learners in Grades K-3. Volume I. 2nd Edition [and] Volume II.
Fox, Sandra J.
This two-volume guide presents ingredients for developing a culturally relevant curriculum for American Indian students in the primary grades. A survey of Indian literature for young children yielded eight topic areas included here. The suggested approach to curriculum development is the integration of reading, language arts, math, and science based upon the Indian literature and other resources. Materials and activities are aligned with challenging content standards. Also included are ideas for art activities and promotion of tribal values. Indian studies classes and regular classes should be coordinated around the topic area so that Native language and cultural activities complement classroom instruction. The topic also provides a context for language instruction. Activities for parents and tutors are included as part of a comprehensive approach. The guide begins with descriptions of the roles of administrators, parents and tutors, and teachers and aides in creating a sacred place for learning. The eight units in these two volumes cover birds; sun, moon, and stars; food; beavers to buffalo; hares to horses; art; earth, air, water, and fire; and music and dance. Each 4-week unit contains background information on the topic, a suggested outline for formulating activities from American Indian literature, information about the suggested literature, further resources on the topic, a vocabulary list, content standards, example activities developed by teachers of Indian children, pages for teacher ideas and lesson plans, and nursery rhymes and poetry. A final section of the guide lists additional resources and where to get books. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, American Indian Education, American Indian Literature, Animals, Art Education, Birds, Class Activities, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Science, Environmental Education, Food, Horses, Integrated Curriculum, Music Education, Primary Education, Solar System, Stars, Units of Study
NISBA, P.O. Box 790, Polson, MT 59860. credit card orders: 800-542-4922 (Toll Free) (each volume $25.00 plus $3.95 shipping).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Indian School Board Association, Polson, MT.
Note: Volume II published in 2000. For other grade levels, see RC 023 682-684.