2012 Native American Museum

School has been so very busy lately!  We are learning, and making progress (which is good), but with all of the planning, it leaves little time for new posts (which is bad)  So sorry about that!

I have nothing much to report to you today other than to share the newest round of Native American projects that came in!  I showed you last year's projects, but I wanted to share this year's as well.  Some of the kids did SUCH a fantastic job, that I just wanted to show them off to you. :)  Remember, all of these projects researching pre-Columbian native tribes were done at home, with very little in class time devoted to them.  I am just so proud of the work that these kids did.  Some had a great deal of help from their parents (which is OK!) but most did not...and they still produced amazingly fabulous things.  And what's even better is that the KIDS were so proud of themselves.  The smiles and eagerness to share their knowledge with the touring classes was tremendous and overwhelming for me as a teacher. 

Beware, this is VERY pic heavy.  Enjoy your "museum tour".

This one was great!  The student put so much time and effort into each portion of the project, paying attention to each detail.  You can see the individual piece below.

On the house you can see little label.  They showed exactly what each piece included in the diorama was.  Very detailed and accurate to the tribe that was being researched.

This student knew SO much about the tribe that was being researched.  Even curveball question were no problem!  He really knew his stuff!

There was SO much research done on this one.  The writing was excellent and when I spoke to the student, the traditions and history of the tribe just seemed to ooze out of her.
This house was amazing.  It was made of real mud, to mimic what the tribe made.  The picture on the board shows an actual house, and this one that was made really resembled it well. 

This house was made of real wood!

This entire project was very detailed and thoroughly researched.  The student took a great deal of time on this project, even going as far to dress up in traditional clothing that the tribe might have worn.
So there you have it.  Our 2012 Native American Museum.  There were many, many more amazing projects (that were all done at home).  I wish I could show them all to you, but there just isn't enough picture memory here on blogger ;)

And, as always, if you would like to grab this Native American Project (which has all of the pieces set up for you to run off and give the kids....with little explanation on your part), you can get it here in my TpT store.  If you are researching specific tribes (ie: CA Tribes instead of the entire US, or Canadian tribes, or whatever) just drop me a note and I will customize it for you.


  1. WOW!!! Awesome projects! I know you are so proud!

    Mrs. B's Nook

  2. These look excellent!! I just purchased the unit last week and am looking forward to using it soon!

    Oh and I am with you on the planning leading to less blogging--I feel like I only post on weekends and I hate that! I hope you're enjoying your weekend Steph :)

    1. OOHHH....I can't wait to see it when you do it! You must post pictures!

  3. I love this idea! About how long did you give the kids to complete their projects before the museum?
    thank you!

  4. We will be studying Canadian tribes. I would love to purchase if you could customize itnfor that.

  5. I just came across your blog and totally love it. I know that clipart can always be used in the classroom. I came across this site which offers unlimited access to the clipart. Plus new items are added almost daily. Take a peek at it http://www.digiscrappy.info/ Look for Teachers and Church Teachers.Missy Mae

  6. I'm here from Ms. Fultz's birthday giveaway. I love your ideas!

  7. WoW - your students did a FANTASTIC job. What an authentic and engaging learning experience!

    The Corner On Character

  8. I just bought the unit and I'm looking forward to implementing it! I'm wondering what kind of resources you recommend for researching these tribes. Do your students use the internet, library? What have you found to be the best resources for this type of project? Thanks!

  9. Also, it looks like my previous post was not submitted... but I'm hoping to take advantage of your offer to customize the decision page? We are studying the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest (both Coastal and Plains). Let me know! Thanks!

  10. Hi!
    My students are totally capable of delving into this at the level that your students did. I was wondering where I could find it on TpT?
    We're doing the whole US so it wouldn't need to be customized.
    Thanks so much!

  11. These are really beautifully and creatively done native crafts. A total representation of a tribe and their culture, not like the ones I saw from masterpapers rating, not so appealing at all.


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