History and GeographyKindergarten

Focus: In the Kindergarten Core Knowledge History and Geography unit Native Americans, students learn about early Native Americans through the eyes of three representative children from the past, who live in three different North American cultural regions.

Students first spend the day with Little Rabbit, a boy in the Eastern Woodlands.They see the longhouse he lives in and the wild game his family hunts, and they watch him catch a large trout as his mother collects a basket of water from the river. Students next travel to the American Southwest, where they meet Una, a girl of the Ancestral Pueblo, and her cousin Len. Students witness Una and Len, in their different roles, gather firewood, tell each other stories, plant and harvest corn, chase birds and small animals from the fields, hunt, and listen to Kokopelli’s flute in the wind. Then in the Pacific Northwest, students meet Hilki, a boy who goes fishing with his father and brothers in a canoe, looking for king salmon. Finally, students observe a potlatch, a celebration around a new totem pole that Hilki paints.

The unit consists of seven chapters that explore different aspects of life for the three Native American protagonists.

Additional Search Terms: social studies • geography • nonfiction • informational text • Eastern Woodlands • longhouse • canoe • brook trout • Ancestral Pueblo • kiva • Chaco Canyon • Kokopelli • yucca • the three sisters • Pacific Northwest • red cedar • king salmon • totem pole • potlatch

CKHG Grade Levels: CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources. In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades K-2 are appropriate for students in the lower elementary grades. The Student Book is intended to be read aloud by the teacher as the students look at images on each page.

We have intentionally left the pacing and timing needed to teach the content presented in the Teacher Guide and Student Book very flexible. Teachers can choose how much they read aloud and discuss in a single instructional period, as well as how often each week they use the CKHG materials.

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