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Literature: "Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich
These sites are about the book “Birchbark House,” and features a Native American family living on the frontier. The book has been compared to the “Little House” series. The main characters are part of the Ojibwe (also called Chippewa) tribe. Included are a book summary and book talk, and discussion questions. Historical information about the Ojibwe tribe and a brief video on making a birch bark canoe is provided.
EDSITEment's lesson plan over the Ojibwe culture includes links to drawings of clothing, the history of moccasins, information about birchbark, and a first-hand account of traditional sugaring methods. The site is geared for students in grades third through fifth. There is a link to a companion lesson plan, "Not 'Indians,' Many Tribes: Native American Diversity."
This is a series of pages covering the history of the Ojibwe and other tribes in Wisconsin. Includes information about food, religions, treaty rights, history, and contemporary issues. NOTE: The reading level is too difficult for elementary students but the page has good
background information for teachers.
This activity from the Discovery Channel includes directions for making a Native American themed board game modeled after Monopoly. Students are given discussion questions and printable planning sheets to determine what elements of Native American life will