Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Song-osity: Native Pathways

You can own the Earth and still...
All you'll own is Earth until...
You can paint with all the colors of the wind....

{Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas} 

We're deep into our big Native American social studies unit. A former student's mom works at Drumlin Farms and told me about their Native Pathways program. Students learn how Native Americans worked on the land, cooked, and lived.

Last week, we set out for the farm on the most gorgeous day. We split into groups and had an amazing few hours  in nature.

We learned how tribes had to use more primitive tools long ago to do their work. We used shells to strip a hide of its hair, we ground corn using a stone ("this is HARD!"), and used a cool tool they used to drill holes.

We sat in a wetu and touched a bear hide and talked about how tribes used other natural materials to live. They sat around a fire and made a tasty corn pancake which was a nice snack for us all. We even played games like the tribal children may have played!

We then went on a really nice hike around the farm/nature preserve. We learned to walk quietly, listen for birds and other animals, and how tribes had to walk for long periods of time to get food or get where they needed to be.

We had a blast and I am sure everyone slept well that night, I know I did!

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19 thoughts on the matter:

Suza said... {Reply}

it is so niceto see all these happy children. I think it was a wanderful tour.
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Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

What a fun and educational trip. We have a Lenape village set up in a local nature center and would go there for field trips often.

Tom said... {Reply}

now that is my kind of class room

NC Sue said... {Reply}

Activities such as these engage the kids' interest and teach in a way that books in a classroom can't quite measure up to.
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Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

That's so cool! Our 3rd grade studies Native Americans too, but we don't have a cool trip to go with it!

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

What an awesome field trip that must have been. Everyone sure looks happy.

Jackie Mc Guinness said... {Reply}

So good for them to leave our native history.

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Another place I've heard wonderful things about ~ these photos are lovely - I adore all the little feet and hands. Just think, these kids will hold images of this day in their little memories for years and years to come!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

What a great adventure for them!!!!

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

Looks like a great trip :)

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

I always loved a good class field trip! Love that song, too, btw. :)

Pieni Lintu said... {Reply}

So cool place :)

Anna of the Mutton Years said... {Reply}

Absolutely fascinating. Thank you.

Kathy McB said... {Reply}

Brings back fun memories of some of my grade school field trips...especially the historical ones! Thanks for sharing at Song-ogrpahy.

Anonymous said... {Reply}

What a great experience for them! Looks like they were having fun.

Kim said... {Reply}

We learn so much better from "real" life. This looks like a wonderful field trip for the children to experience how Native American's lived. Thanks for linking up at #lifeislovely

Linda said... {Reply}

Looks like a fun way to learn!

rebecca haegele said... {Reply}

Awesome field trip!

Miranda Tucci said... {Reply}

This looked like SO MUCH FUN!!! What a great way to learn outside of the classroom!!