Elementary School third-graders Tribal Fair

November/Native American Month


I am pleased to see schools once again recognizing the second half of that first
‘Thanks Given Day’!
I looked this over this morning around 5am and deleted it as an enjoyable reading,
and it was.
This afternoon after prayer, I feel the need to write.
I am please to see schools are enjoying our people.
Elementary school children and their teachers can do no wrong by this old warrior,

O. K.

You should notice after reading that the school is in W. Virginia so the tribes are East-coast people, east of the Mississippi river.
Native American is correct.

Making a Teepee is o k

Because you live in the Eastern part of Native American Country.

Making a ‘Wigwam is also O.K.

Making a ghost mask in o k.

Because you live in the Eastern part of Native American Country.

A grape vine Teardrop Catcher is also OK?

Navajo God’s Eye is o k.
Because you live in the Eastern part of Native American Country.

The Native American Talking Stick or Feather is also O.K?
Johnson Elementary School
531 Johnson Ave, Bridgeport, WV 26330
Johnson Elementary School third-graders hosted a Tribal Fair for family and friends before closing out school for Thanksgiving break.
Friday’s Tribal Fair, a collaborative effort among third-grade instructors, was part of a learning unit on Native Americans. The goal was to teach students not only about the history of Native Americans, but also about their culture, art and music.
Visitors could peruse student artwork and projects, as well as watch student performances of Native American customs.
“November is American Indian Heritage Month, so we do a big unit on the Native Americans, and it covers content standards in subjects like social studies,” third-grade teacher Kim Olivio said. “We focus on about 10 tribes, while there are apparently over 200 that existed.”
When they entered the fair, parents, grandparents and other visitors were given a sheet with questions to ask students, who then could share what they learned about Native Americans.
Student MacKenna Rabren, 8, said her favorite part of the learning unit was doing crafts related to what the students had learned.
“The god’s eye was my favorite thing we made. You take two Popsicle sticks, glue them together, and wrap yarn around them,” she said.
MacKenna said students also learned about and created their own Shaman masks, which were used by Native Americans to scare evil spirits out of sick people.
“We also made wampums. Ours were out of macaroni, but they were actually made out of shells,” she said. “The purple stands for wealth and wisdom, white is for peace, and the black stands for unhappiness.”
Audrey Kerr said making a turtle rattle was her favorite project during the learning unit about Native Americans.
“It took so much detail and a lot of effort; it was super cool,” she said. “I learned they lived in different types of houses than actual houses, too.”
Audrey said one thing she didn’t know before the learning unit was that one tribe became friends with the Pilgrims. She thought all Native Americans and settlers were enemies.