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        North Dakota | Activity 3.1: Contributions of American Indians to the Culture of North Dakota

        Students watch a video about a story American Indian Keith Bear heard as a child. Students learn about how American Indians pass down traditions and lessons from generation to generation, and then share stories of their own.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a video about a story American Indian Keith Bear heard as a child. Students learn about how American Indians pass down traditions and lessons from generation to generation, and then share stories of their own.

        This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota Unit 3: American Indians", where students will determine how American Indians were able to thrive before the arrival of Europeans in North Dakota.

         

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        30 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        4.6.2: Explain the contributions of various ethnic groups (e.g., Native Americans, immigrants) to the history of North Dakota (e.g., food, traditions, languages, celebrations) 

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        1. Explain to students that the history of North Dakota is rich with American Indian influences. Stories are a part of the culture of American Indians.

        2. Tell students they will be watching a video that tells a story that has been passed down throughout American Indian culture. Stories are the American Indian way of conveying lessons from generation to generation. Students should listen to the story, making notes of lessons from the story.

        3. Play the video, Keith Bear: "Turtle and Pretty Crane" [10:13].

        4. After the video, ask students what lessons the turtle was teaching through the story. Examples may include:

          • Setting aside differences to trade and celebrate

          • Even if you are different, you can be successful

          • When you appreciate someone, show generosity from your successes

          • Love can make you strong

          • When you think there is danger, it may be something completely different

          • Listen to nature, appreciate the visions, dream about what you want

        5. Have students share stories used in today’s culture that teach values to young people. Ask students how their examples are similar to or different than the practice shown in the video.

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