Primary students learn about Native American culture
by Hawkins Teague
Nov 22, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For two days last week, Trigg County Primary School held Native American Day on the lawn beside the building.

The most elaborate thing on the lawn was the full-sized teepee that Denny Mize put up. After children sampled dried fruit, they sat inside the teepee and listened to librarian Milissia Sledd as she told stories and talked about what culture means. After she asked some second graders last Tuesday what kind of animals they might have used in a story, one child pointed out some dried fruit someone had dropped. Sledd told him not to eat it.

“When you live in a house and you have guests, you’re supposed to clean up, so leave that there and I will clean it up,” Sledd said.

At other stations, children illustrated headdresses and had their faces painted. At another station, children shot suction cup arrows at plastic turkeys and geese. At another, they worked on arts and crafts.

In the parking lot, music teacher Laura Grigson let the kids play drums to accompany the other children who were taking part in the “bear dance.” Physical education teacher Jana Gullo and student teacher Brad Barrett led the kids in the dance.

There was a also a small museum in the gym that featured various projects the children put together.

Principal Ann Taylor said that Native Americans are one culture that Kentucky Core Content requires schools to teach elementary school students. The other two cultures are Appalachia and African. Of course, Native American and African cultures include a multitude of separate cultures, but Taylor said the teachers try to teach about each one. Participating in hands-on activities helps teach children different vocabulary words and should help them answer open response questions in the future.

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