Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Social Studies/Geography


Title: What We Think We Know about the Pueblo Indians


Summary:

When presented with primary source pictures of the Pueblo Indians, students will hypothesize about the Indian group's dwelling structures, geography, climate, clothes and resources.


Understanding Goal

Geography and climate affect how groups of people lived in the past.

Investigative Question

How did geography and climate affect the way the Pueblo Indians met their basic needs?

Grade(s): 2, preK
Audience: General
Learners: Second graders - general education.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Virginia: Social Studies - Grade 2

VA.2.2. History: The student will compare the lives and contributions of American Indians (First Americans), with emphasis on the Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands, the Sioux of the Plains, and the Pueblo people of the Southwest.

VA.2.4. Geography: The student will develop map skills by a) locating China and Egypt on world maps

Field Tests

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Sources

What We Think We Know about the Pueblo Indians

Understanding Goal

Geography and climate affect how groups of people lived in the past.

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North pueblo at Taos (The North American Indian; v.16) Indians Pueblo In San Ildefonso (The North American Indian; v.17) Corner of Zuni (The North American Indian; v.17) Potter - Santa Clara (The North American Indian; v.17)

Required Materials

Supply Lists

- LCD Projector
- Chart Paper

Directions

Introduction

Step 1 Write the following Title: Things we think we know about the Pueblo Indians. Then write the following subheadings on the chart: - Dwelling structure: - Clothing - Climate/Geography - Customs/behavior Explain to the students that we are about to see some authentic pictures of a group of Indians called the Pueblos.

Supply Lists

  • - LCD Projector
    - Chart Paper
Step 2 Ask them to observe carefully the pictures and see if they can hypothesize on the climate and geography of the land on which these Indians lived. Tell students to pay attention to clues that will help them with this such as: clothes, dwelling structures, water sources, and land.

Supply Lists

  • - LCD Projector
    - Chart Paper
Step 3 Present students with one slide at a time. Ask them what they see in the slide. Ask them what we can guess about the Pueblo Indians. Write down on chart paper, their responses as they share out their observations regarding the pictures.
Step 4 Have the kids help you categorize their comments under each of the headings you introduced in Step 1. Tell them that we will be studying the Pueblo Indians. Remind students that as we study the Indians, we can cross-check the new information we learn, with the information we gleaned from analyzing the pictures.

Best Instructional Practices


Understanding Goal

Geography and climate affect how groups of people lived in the past.

Investigative Question

How did geography and climate affect the way the Pueblo Indians met their basic needs?


Analysis of Student Learning


Students were fascinated with the pictures. One of the leading questions was: What can you tell me about the climate and terrain (land) in this area. Students were able to observe that it must have been hot, dusty, dry. I was impressed with was the following conversations and the connections that they made: One student said, "It didn't rain a lot." I asked, how could he tell? The class all got involved and made the following observations: "The river was not rushing. The river was very still. The river was not very deep." I feel that the students were given a good preview of some of the things they were going to learn. They also were left with a lot of questions that they wanted to find answers, too. All in all, this activity raised the interest level for this particular unit of study on the Pueblo Indians.


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Assessing Understanding

Students create a What we Think we Know Chart about the Pueblo Indians. This is done after viewing the slides. We organize our information on the chart paper that I introduced at the beginning of this activity.

Learners Explain Thinking

I made the students explain why they made the observations they did. I also tried to have them think about why they think things were the way they were in the picture they saw. See analysis of student learning for examples of this.

Reflections and Recommendations


I feel that this was a very valuable Learning Experience. They students were able to view authentic pictures of the dwellings, dress, and pottery of the Pueblo Indians before beginning the actual study. This activity definitely succeeded in generating interest and enthusiasm for this unit of study. It also provided students with numerous questions about the Pueblo Indians and their way of life, that they were eager to explore. I hope to compare our new information and learning, with the hypotheses we made regarding the Pueblo's way of life.

Credits

Authors and Contributors

Tracy Mcdonald
Bren Mar Park Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

Thumbnail Library of Congress Item
North pueblo at Taos (The North American Indian; v.16) Curtis, E. 1926. North pueblo at Taos (The North American Indian; v.16). Library of Congress: American Memory, Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images.
Indians Pueblo Unknown. 1880-1900?. Indians Pueblo. Library of Congress: American Memory, History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library.
In San Ildefonso (The North American Indian; v.17) Curtis, E. S. c1925. In San Ildefonso (The North American Indian; v.17). Library of Congress: American Memory, Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images.
Corner of Zuni (The North American Indian; v.17) Curtis, E. S. c1903. Corner of Zuni (The North American Indian; v.17). Library of Congress: American Memory, Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images.
Potter - Santa Clara (The North American Indian; v.17) Curtis, E. S. c1905. Potter - Santa Clara (The North American Indian; v.17). Library of Congress: American Memory, Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images.