Lesson Plan : Lifestyles of American Indians

Teacher Name:
 Rebecca Mangan
Grade:
 Grade 4
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Introduction the Music and Arts of Native Americans.
Content:
 Animal Hide Rainmaker
Goals:
 1. Students will be able to sucessfully make a rainmaker instrument 2. Students will be able to sucessfully make imitate Native American artwork. 3. Students will be able to recognize Native American musical sounds.
Objectives:
 1. Students will be able to understand the concept of how important rain was for the Native American. 2. Students will be able to identify with the rainmaker instruments and with the rainmaker dances. 3. Students will be able to recognize Native American artwork and music.
Materials:
 Rain Song on Flute with Native American pictures played while music is played. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nao6j-n0nz8 Picture of painting on animal hide. Link: http://www.uic.edu/depts/ahaa/classes/ah111/L23/23-14.jpg Card board cut-outs of small animals and paints for imitation of artwork. Paper towel roles, rice and markers for rainmakers.
Introduction:
 1.Explain to students how rain effected the lifes of Native Americans. Connect the ideas to the concepts of rain dances and songs used by the Native Americans. 2. Give examples of artwork and show students the basic techniques for it.
Development:
 1. Show the rain song with photos. 2. Discuss artwork and show picture of animal hide 3. Show students personal attempts at making rainmaker and animal hide picture while explainging instructions.
Practice:
 1. Have half of the class make the rainmakers whule the other have of the class begins their animal hide drawings.
Accommodations:
 1. For hearing impaired children have them hold the example rainmaker and feel the rice moving around to get an idea of how the rainmaker works to make sound. 2. For the vison impaired children, have them make the a rainmaker and focus on using other similar objects like dried beans and seeing how that changes the sound.
Checking For Understanding:
 1. At the end have each student write down the importance of rain to the Native Americans, and why they use rainmakers and songs. 2. Look over their paintings and see if they used the themes and symbols typically used in artwork that was demonstrated in the video clip.
Closure:
 1. Review the main ideas of the introduction and key terms. 2. Have students discuss their ideas of what food and home might have been like as Native Americans. Use ideas for future lesson.

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