3/4 Integrated Media / Classroom Lesson

Subject/Unit/Lesson
Social Studies
History of Michigan (Through Statehood)
Native Americans & Explorers/Early Settlers

Grade
3/4

Time Frame
11 classes total:
Days 1-3 researching in MC, with Ann T & teacher
Day 4 in class, with teacher
Days 5-8 in lab or with laptops, with teacher (AnnT/AnnL by request)
Day 9 researching in MC, with Ann T & teacher
Days 10-11 in lab or with laptops, with teacher (AnnT/Ann L by request)

Lesson Overview
· Each pair of students researches one of the tribes listed below under “topics” using both primary and secondary sources.
· The students will read legends/poems/stories/myths from the tribe they are researching to make generalizations about the tribe’s beliefs.
· The students will create a multimedia project to answer the question “How did the Michigan tribe you researched interact with their environment?”
· Students will compare and contrast their tribe with other Michigan tribes.
· Students will research components of early explorers’/settlers’ daily lives and present their findings through a VoiceThread.
· Students will compare and contrast their tribe with the settlers by making comments on the VoiceThreads.

Tasks
Teacher Prep
  • Pair students.
  • Assign pairs a Michigan tribe (see topics below).

Day 1
  • Primary Sources with Native Americans (to complete possible notes on housing, clothing, or food). Students will take notes on a graphic organizer.
  • GLCE H3.0.3

Days 2 & 3
  • Research in MC using books & online research (to complete notes on location, food, housing, clothing, impact of Europeans, & beliefs). Students will continue to take notes on the same graphic organizer.
  • GLCEs H3.0.5 (Native American portion) & H3.0.6

Day 4
  • Read myth/legend and compare to tribe’s beliefs (in class)
  • GLCE H3.0.4

Days 5-7
  • Students will create a presentation using one of the available tools (PhotoStory, Flip cameras, Audacity, PPT, Inspiration, VoiceThread) to answer the question “How did the Michigan tribe you researched interact with their environment?” Students should consider all of the topics they researched and took notes on (location, food, housing, clothing, impact of Europeans, and beliefs), and include these details in their presentation if possible.
  • When done, post to both individual and group wiki pages.
  • GLCE H3.0.5 (Native American portion)

Day 8
  • Students will view all of the tribe pages on the wiki and look over the presentations posted there.
  • On each tribe’s wiki page, they will use the discussion tab to answer the prompt “Compare and contrast the tribe you researched with this tribe. State one 1 way that they are similar and 2 ways that they are different.”
  • GLCE H3.0.5 (Native American portion)

Day 9
  • In pairs, students research an aspect of European settlers’ daily life: either food, housing or clothing.
  • GLCE H3.0.5 (settler portion) and H3.0.7

Day 10
  • Students will use VoiceThread to create a presentation on either European settlers’ food, housing, or clothing.
  • They will embed the VT onto the Settler’s wiki page under the correct heading.
  • GLCE H3.0.7

Day 11
  • Students will view the Settlers’ VoiceThreads on the wiki and make comments on similarities and differences between the settlers and the tribe that they researched. Each student should make at least 2 audio and 2 text comments.
  • GLCE H3.0.5

Standards
GLCEs:
· SS 3-H2.0.2 Explain how historians use primary and secondary sources to answer questions about the past
· SS 3-H2.0.4 Draw upon traditional stories of American Indians (listed above) who lived in Michigan in order to make generalizations about their beliefs
· SS 3-H3.0.5 Use informational text and visual data to compare how American Indians and settlers in the early history of Michigan adapted to, used, and modified their environment
· SS 3-H3.0.6 Use a variety of sources to describe interactions that occurred between American Indians and the first European explorers and settlers in Michigan.
· SS 3-H3.0.7 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to construct a historical narrative about daily life in the early settlements of Michigan (pre-statehood).

Materials
Graphic organizer for notetaking
Computers for online research, projects
Books for research
Textbooks
Flips or cameras if needed for projects

Topics
Tribes to research:
· Anishinaabeg/Ojibwa/Chippewa
· Ottawa/Odawa
· Potawatomi
· Menominee
· Huron/Wyandot