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Iroquois Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the Iroquois. Students will read a text lesson that explains who the Iroquois are, how they formed as a tribe, and other facts about this group. Students will discuss the content, then apply their knowledge in an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain who the Iroquois are
  • describe how the Iroquois Confederacy formed
  • provide facts about the Iroquois way of life
  • tell what became of the Iroquois people

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson History of the Iroquois: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Large map of North America
  • Sticks gathered by students (if possible) Alternatively, you may use craft sticks.
  • Plastic resealable baggies (if gathering sticks for homework)
  • Glue
  • Card board
  • Twine
  • Small empty shoe boxes
  • Empty oatmeal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Index cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Confederacy
  • Allies

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Prepare for this lesson by taking your students outside and having them gather small sticks. You may also send plastic resealable baggies home a week or so before the lesson and ask students to gather sticks. If either of these options is not possible, craft sticks will work.
  • Next, break students into small groups and ask them to discuss a time they worked together with other people to achieve a task, such as winning a basketball game or completing chores.
  • Have students discuss:
    • What strategies did you use to get the task completed?
    • How were decisions made?
    • What happened if people had different opinions?

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