Monday, December 17, 2012

Arctic Tundra

A few activities using a map of the Arctic tundra with countries and animals of the area identified.

What is the Arctic Tundra?

Name a large animal that is common in the Arctic tundra.

Which animals are common along the coasts of the Arctic tundra?

Arctic Haze

Daily Geography Practice, Grade 5 Teacher's Edition

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Trail of Tears

Why did certain Native American tribes take this annual journey across the continent? 

View Video, Living with the Land   We weren't nomads, we had a annual journey that we made.  "They were the freest people the world has ever known." They obtained their  food, water, and other supplies they needed from their surrounding environment.

  Link to Cherokee Print
Photo A: Morning Tears
Photo B: Image Credit: The Granger Collection, New York
Link: Obsevation Sheet


Photo C: Choctaw Trail of Tears Link to Choctaw Print
View video, Trail of Tears 
What was the Indian Removal Act? The Indian Removal Act was the law that ordered all Indians east of the Mississippi River to move west on that river.

Fifth grade students have been studying the Age of Jackson.
Why it Matters . . .
American Indians were forced to move west, and live in a new environment. Their removal changed the history of people both east and west of the Appalachians. Retrieved from, Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Textbook (2005)

Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, & the Presidency:  An Introduction of an overview of the two-term American president.
John G. Burnett’s and Samuel Worcester Story of the Removal of the Cherokees
Cherokee survivor later recalled: "Let me tell you this. My grandmother was a little girl in Georgia when the soldiers came to her house to take her family away. . . . The soldiers were pushing her family away from their land as fast as they could"
 Walking the Trails of Tears Students will read accounts and learn about what happened on the Trail of Tears. They will discuss the causes of removal, explore the trail, and understand the effects it had on the Cherokee.