5th grade Native Americans Project

Introduction

Native Americans are the original settlers of North America. They lived in several regions covering all of the United States. As a result of this, they ways in which they lived varied from region to region.

As part of our study of the history of the United States, it is important to understand the Native Americans importance to our culture and development as a country. Using this webquest you will  travel back in time and visit the various tribes that lived in the different regions of the United States.

How were the tribes different from each other?  How did they adapt to and survive in their environment?  At the end of this project, you will create a presentation of your tribe to the class

Task

You need to learn about Native Americans in one region of the United States. You will work in a team of seven historians.

Each team will be assigned one region to become experts on. You will create a presentation to share what you have learned about the tribes in your region.

There are certain areas that you will need to research in order to gain a thorough understanding of your region and how Native Americans adapted to and survived in their surroundings.

The regions are: NorthWest, Southwest, Great Plains, Southeast Woodlands, and Northeast Woodlands.  

Each historian in your group will become an expert in one research area.

The areas of research are:

tribes and geographical features

food and hunting

shelter and transportation

clothing

art and technology

tools and weapons

customs and traditions

Click here for research questions to help guide you.

Graphic organizers

tribes and geography

food and hunting

shelter and transportation

clothing

art and technology

tools and weapons

traditions and customs

In addition to your presentation, for homework each historian will create an artifact. This might be a totem pole, clothing, symbol story, shelter, jewelry, artwork, or anything else that relates to your tribe. You must be prepared to explain the importance of the artifact and how it relates to your tribe. Be creative!! Be sure to talk with your team members to make sure no two people are doing the same type of artifact.

Each team of historians will create a presentation which will include the following; your team poster/powerpoint, each individual artifact, and pictures with descriptions of the areas each expert researched.

 

Process

You will be working in groups of seven to become experts and create a presentation about Native Americans in one region of the United States. Be sure that you read all of the directions carefully and use the following question to guide your research; "How were Native Amercian tribes different from each other and how did they survive in their surroundings?"  Have fun!!

Step 1: Have each team member choose one of the following areas to become an expert on in your region: 

  • Tribes and geographical features expert
  • Food and hunting expert
  • Shelter and transportation expert
  • Clothing expert
  • Art and technology expert
  • Tools and weapons expert
  • Customs and traditions expert

Use the research questions to guide your research.

Step 2: Use the links to websites below to help you in your research. You may also use library books or books from the classroom to help you in your research. Organize the information obtained from your research using the graphic organizers for notes.

Step 3: You will be working independently while doing the research portion.

Step 4: When everyone on your team has completed their research, you will meet as a group to begin organizing and creating your project. 

Step 5: Each team member is responsible for completing their expert area on the project (e.g. clothing expert produces the "clothing" part of the project). Remember your individual project (artifact) can be a totem pole, piece of clothing, symbol story, shelter, example of weaving, jewelry, artwork, or anything that relates to your tribe. Be creative!! Be sure to talk with your team members so no two people will be creating the same type of artifact.

Step 6: As a team, you will be presenting the information on Native Americans in your region. After each team member has completed their portion of the project and their artifact, you will be putting together a presentation poster which will include each team members artifact and your information. The presentation board should also include pictures that explain/show each area studied. Each "expert" will present on their area AND the artifact they created.

North Eastern Woodlands

Eastern Woodland Indians

Eastern woodland 

NorthEastern

Great Plains

 Great Plains Indians

Great Plains

Great Plains

Southwest

Pueblo Indians Southwest

Southwest

SW

Indians of the SW

More info SW Indians

Nothwest

The Northwest Indians

Northwest

Northwest

South Esatern Indians

SE Indians clothing

SE Indians

SouthEastern Indians Encylopedia

SouthEast

Myths and tales

Evaluation
Evaluation Rubric
  Low Nearly Meets Meets Exceeds Score
Researches the chosen area of your teams assigned region. Shows knowlegde of assigned aspect of Native Americans in your region by completing your section of the project. Inclomplete section of project. Does not include example or picture. Gathers and summarizes some relevant information and completes project section. Uses bullets rather than paragraphs and has some convention errors. Includes 1 example or picture. Gathers and summarizes relevant information and completes project section. Uses complete sentences, paragraphs, and has few convention errors. Includes 1 example OR picture. Gathers and summarizes relevant information and completes project section. Uses complete sentences, paragraphs, and has no convention errors. Includes 1 example AND picture. 20
Produces an artifact that relates to Native Americans in their researched region. Artifact is incomplete OR does not relate to a tribe in reseached region. Creates original artifact using little creativity and neatness. Difficult to relate to a tribe in researched region. Creates original artifact using creativity and neatness. Artifact relates to a tribe in researched region. Creates more than 1 orignial artifact using creativity and neatness. Both artifacts relate to a tribe in researched region. 20
Presents project and artifact to the class demonstrating knowledge of Native Americans in researched region. Does not present project. May or may not present artifact. Presents project demonstrating some knowledge of Native Americans in region. Uses limited facts and details. Explains artifact but does not explain its significance. Demonstrates knowledge of Native Americans in region by using relevant facts and details. Explains artifact and its significance. Demonstrates extensive knowledge of Native Americans in region by using relevant facts and descriptive details. Explains artifact and its significance. 20
Conclusion

Congratulations!! You have successfully completed your first WebQuest. You and your fellow historians are now "experts" on different Native American Regions in the United States. You have worked independently and as a team to create your presentation. You will have a chance to learn about the Native Americans in all regions of the U.S. as they are presented by each team to the class. How were the Native American tribes different from each other and how did they survive in their environments?

Credits

Thanks to Mr./Ms. Ghuhne for developing the original webquest.  I loved it so much that I only modified it a bit to fit my class and state requirements.