Journeying Back in Time

Journeying Back in Time

As part of their study on Native Americans, fourth-grade students at W.S. Mount Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about them during a hands-on workshop called Journey into Native American Territory.

The program brought the history and lives of the Eastern Woodlands people into the classroom through visual presentations and group activities.

Students began the two-day program by watching a video about Native Americans and visited a traveling museum of artifacts and learned how to play traditional games that encouraged teamwork and honed survival skills. Throughout the museum tour, the students took an up-close look at animal pelts, musical instruments, traditional clothing, athletic equipment and hunting tools. They also each took a turn grounding corn and touring a replica longhouse.

On the second day of the program the students learned about Native American government and created clay duck decoys using traditional techniques and materials.