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Unit Plan: How Nevada Has Changed

Lesson Plan for Wednesday Grade: 4th Social Studies Strand: History

Submitted By: Taylor Fitzgerald

EDEL 453: Teaching Elementary School Social Science Nevada State College Spring 2014 Instructor: Karen Powell

Lesson Plan for Wednesday


B. Summary of the Lesson Plan:

Strand: History

submitted by: Taylor Fitzgerald

This lesson is to teach students about the Paiute Indians of Nevada and how they used resources for their traditions. The students will draw conclusions about some popular natural resources that land offered the Indians in Nevadas. This lesson uses Strategy 12 in the Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies textbook (p. 87-91). C. Basic Information: Grade Level: 4th Time to Complete this Lesson: 50 minutes Groupings: whole group, individual analysis

D. Materials: Data Sheets Colored Pencils/crayons Pictures of resources the Paiute Indians used

E. Objectives: o NV State Social Studies Standards o H.3.4.2 Recognize that communities include people who have diverse customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada. H.3.4.2 I can explain that communities are made up of different people with different cultures in Nevada.

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F. Vocabulary Paiute Indians a group of North American Indians of the Uto-Aztecan family dwelling in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.
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Lesson Plan for Wednesday

Strand: History

submitted by: Taylor Fitzgerald

Natural Resource- materials or substances such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain.

G. Procedure: 1. Todays lesson will begin by each small group quickly presenting their poster boards from yesterday. Hopefully, some of the groups will have included something that has to do with the Indian culture. After the presentation we will have a whole group discussion about the objective and how the Native Americans played big part in Nevadas past and still do today. 2. Vocabulary words will be introduced (Paiute Indians, natural resource). 3. I will explain to the students that we are going to look at different resources the Paiute Indians used for survival. I want them to use their critical thinking skills to think of all the ways the images on the picture may have been used. 4. Once our whole class discussion concludes students need to complete the data sheet given. (See below image) 5. After the students complete the sheet I will have them share with their small group what types of things they came up with for the resource they selected. For example, the bunny could be hunted for food, skinned for the fur to make clothing, or trapped and used as bait for larger animals. Data Sheet

H. Assessment: What will you use to measure student understanding? The data sheet completed by the individual students will be used to measure understanding.
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Lesson Plan for Wednesday

Strand: History

submitted by: Taylor Fitzgerald

Explain how you will know students understand the concepts from the lesson. The students need to be able to recognize that communities include people who have diverse customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada. By learning about the Paiute Indians of Nevada, the students can understand that our communities is made up of diverse people such as Native Americans. I. Closure: To close the lesson, I will call on a few volunteers to tell the class how we today use one of the resources.

J. Reflection: 1. Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest for you to teach? I believe the hardest part to teach for this lesson will be having students complete the data sheet on their own. Students sometimes are intimidated by individual work. 2. Which part will be most challenging for you to teach? I feel the easiest part to teach will be our whole group discussion about what the resources are used for. I believe the students will have fun thinking about ways the Paiutes may have used what the image shows. 3. How will you follow up or extend this lesson? To extend this lesson the students can further research the Paiute Indians to find out more about the tribes history in Nevada. 4. What can you do for students who dont grasp the concepts? For the students that need extra help I will assist them with at my desk, and I will instruct the students who finish early to help a neighbor that may need it. 5. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? I do not believe this lesson will need changes. It appears to be a simple straightforward activity to teach about the Native American culture. 6. When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? The most difficult part was writing the procedures. I had to adjust the strategy from the textbook to fit my unit and the intended standard.

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2014

Karen Powell- Instructor

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