Grade 3 - The First Americans
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Video Storyline: Let’s go back to a time when there were only Native Americans in the U.S. We outline some of the major tribes, their housing, and way of life. We then meet Pocahontas and the first Europeans. Moving forward, we explore early settler life and then the events that led to the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the United States.
Video length: 11:25 minutes
Learning Resources with this Video*
Quizzes – PDF & Online
Native American Tribe Research Organizer
First Americans – Match the Description Worksheet
Native American Artifact Inspection
Early American History Timeline
Draw A Scene – Early American History
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The First Americans
Native American Groups
Divide the class into groups. Assign each group a Native American tribe. Each group will research their tribe and make a presentation to the rest of the class. Topics will include homes, food, daily activities, clothing, etc.
A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.
Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.
Answers: oldest; 240
Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.
A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.
Art and Social Studies
Use various materials to create a small-scale home for a group of Native Americans, e.g. a wigwam. Can be done in groups.
Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words bartering and artifact mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch this video.
Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.
Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge.
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Topics Covered In This Video
Native Americans were the first people here and are made up of many different tribes
Their homes and ways of life could be very different from region to region
Pocahontas was a notable Native American woman who helped the settlers
Settlers expanded into 13 colonies, all under the rule of the King of England
Conflict with England grew, there was a war, and then a new country was born
The brand new U.S.A. created the Constitution as its plan to guide the new country