Monday, May 12, 2014

I was poking around on OPI's Indian Education Program's website, and I discovered that the long awaited Fort Peck Place Names (designed for use in grades 9-12) is now available to download (be patient--it is a big file.) Here's the description, taken from the OPI Website:

"Fort Peck Place Names" contains five interdisciplinary modules, written with the Montana content standards in mind and each module accomplishes several standards throughout the activities.

Module 1 and Module 2 contain a literacy and social studies component that lends itself well to an interdisciplinary unit with social studies and language arts teachers.

Module 3 and Module 4 focus on science, research, and critical media literacy skills.

The technology and language arts components of Module 4 is an opportunity for the media center specialists or librarians, the English language arts teachers, computer science teachers, and science teachers to work together with students to accomplish the goals of the units.

Module 5 is based in government and literacy.

While the modules build on one another and were written to be taught in succession, it is possible to teach any of the modules in isolation if the teacher provides adequate scaffolding--or even to pull out specific activities/resources. This is a good thing, because each module is designed to take a week to two weeks to complete. However, each is packed with material worth cherry picking.

 The PlaceNames Project began with the goal of building cross-cultural relationships between traditional Bitterroot Salish and Pend d’Oreille Tribes’ worldviews and science using Google Earth and tribal cultures. The Salish unit, “Building World Views Using Traditional Cultures and Google Earth,” was designed for use in Grade 6.  

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