Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
Social Studies – History, Native Americans, U.S. History
6th, 7th, 8th
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
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The Americas – Graphic Organizer for PBS “First Peoples”
This lesson plan correlated with a documentary aired by PBS titled “First Peoples.” One of the sections of the video – The First Americans – dovetailed nicely with one of NYS teaching standards for Social Studies from the new Social Studies framework – specifically:
7.1a Geography and climate influenced the migration and cultural development of Native Americans. Native Americans in North America settled into different regions and developed distinct cultures.
7.1a.1 – Students will examine theories of human settlement of the Americas.
Through this lesson, the students will read through a short reading that provides background information. Then, they will view the video and fill out a graphic organizer that helps them to outline the theories of migration to North and South America. This lesson will last approximately 2 – 40 minute class periods.
I’ve included both a classroom version and a digital version in this file (both in Google Slides). Teachers will need to provide separate access to the video.
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