I usually spend about 3-4 weeks on the Native American Unit. I use Daily 3 plus an ipad workstation and a Social studies workstation. Daily there are two rotations, and independent reading is a required rotation daily. I try REALLY hard to totally integrate my ELA and social studies. At the beginning of the year, I begin with summarizing as my focus skill for the week. -- beginning with fiction and then nonfiction. . The resources I use for my Reading Workshop/Daily 3 for the Northwest coast are these:
There are various articles that I use in this book for whole class, and for their notebooks. Being that Summarizing is the focus skill, we will read and summarize. Will will organize the information onto a tree map.
If you lived with the Northwest Coast Indians
Group activity to go with the book
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest
Totem Tale: A Tall Story from Alaska
For every book we read, we will summarize. I use the somebody wanted but so for our fictional books and I have students summarize the central idea with 3-4 details that support for nonfiction.
The Wind Picks Up
Assessments: (Only because we have to have grades in the grade book.)
Northwest Coast true/False
close read/reading comprehension
Totem Pole Project
Rubric for project
totem pole facts- this is a great resource for their totem poles, or it would be amazing to use for a group teambuilding activity where students made a totem pole for their group.
coloring pages of totems (I use for clip art on my calendar and newsletter)
I found this writing Writing task assignment for third grade, but it is very complex, and it would still be challenging for my fourth graders. I plan to use it this year; however, it will take a lot of guidance.
Just music with various totem poles