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Author:Brenda Hale
System: Wilcox County
School: J E Hobbs Elementary School
Lesson Plan ID: 12824

Historic Indian Tribes of Alabama


This lesson will focus on researching, analyzing, and comparing the culture of four Indian tribes from Alabama's history. The rich culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indian tribes contributed to the rich history of Alabama. Collaborative research in small groups will culminate in presenting knowledge with a variety of visual and oral presentations.

Content Standard(s):
TC2(3-5) 5. Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.
TC2(3-5) 6. Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.
TC2(3-5) 8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
TC2(3-5) 9. Use technology tools to organize, interpret, and display data.
SS2010(3) Geographic and Historical Studies: People, Places, and Regions13. Describe prehistoric and historic American Indian cultures, governments, and economics in Alabama. (Alabama)
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will research and classify the Indian cultures in Alabama's history.
Students will create graphic organizers to compare and contrast the cultures of Alabama's historic Indians.
Students will present timelines indicating major events and accomplishments of each tribe.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

Clear folders for reports, Alabama: Its History and Geography textbook, markers, posters, colored pencils and student-made Alabama fact booklets and posters, overhead projector w/transparencies, TV/VCR

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, printer


The teacher will need to find and preview a Native Americans of Alabama video and bookmark age- and content-appropriate websites.
Students will need to be familiar with graphic organizers and basic Internet use.

1.)Day 1: Introduce to the class the four historic Indian tribes to be discussed and researched during the week. Students will watch a video of these Indian tribes of Alabama. Divide the class into four groups and assign each a tribe to research by having them draw a tribe name at random from an envelope.

2.)Day 2: Groups will silently read from their Alabama: Its History and Georgaphy textbooks about their tribe's contribution, tradition, custom, dress and social life. After reading, groups will draw pictures of some aspect of their tribe. Important information about the tribe's history will be collected for oral presentations.

3.)Day 3: In class computer use - Students will work to find websites providing information in preparation for the "Show and Tell" oral presentation. (Internet searching is often difficult for young students. The teacher should closely guide this step providing recommended search terms if needed. Also, previsited websites that the teacher can recommend should also be available.)

4.)(The teacher should have websites previously bookmarked.) The following suggested search engines for student and teacher research may be used.
Smithsonian Institution
Alabama Virtual Library

5.)Day 4: Groups will organize their information in presentation form using timelines, graphic organizers, charts and posters for the "Show and Tell" presentation on Day 5. Each student in the group will be responsible for bringing at least one thing their Indian tribe contributed to our state. Students will then create a 2-page poster spread.
(Create a Timeline in MS Excel)
Simple directions for creating a timeline.

(Index of Graphic Organizers)
This site contains a matrix of graphic organizers.

7.)Day 5: Students will present their findings to the rest of the class using graphic organizers, timeline of the era and pictures of the tribes during a 5-minute oral presentation.

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Assessment Strategies:

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Students may be provided extra preparation time and assistance if they are having difficulties obtaining facts or searching the Web.

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