School Tours: Woodland Natives

Woodland Natives

September–November; April–June 
Grades 3–5 (90 minutes each)

What was life in Indiana like before the settlers arrived?  How did life change once the settlers arrived? Explore the dwellings, chores, games, and other aspects of everyday living of the Woodland Indians.

Pairs well with:

  • Tours—Nature Connections, Community Connections  
  • Shows—Habit-tat-tat

Your students will discover the meaning behind Minnetrista’s name, “gathering place by the water,” through exploration of the Native American communities that lived in this area long ago. Students will ‘live off of the land,’ by gathering and making resources just as the Native Americans did centuries ago.

What will my students do?

-Make a clay pinch pot

-Play a game that illustrates trading as commerce

-Explore Native American foods

-Use a mortar and pestle to prepare corn

What will my students learn?

-The natural resources Native Americans had in Indiana in the 1800s affected their culture, including their clothing, shelter, and food

-Influence from settlers gave the Native Americans access to materials and methods not used previously

-The same resources can be used for many different things

-Life today is much different from the lives of past Native Americans who lived in the woodlands, but the same basic needs remain

-There were cultural shifts that changed who lived in Indiana and how people lived here

-There are still Native Americans living in Indiana today 

State Standards

3rd Grade
Language Arts   3.7.1, 3.7.3, 3.7.15
Science                 3.1.6, 3.3.6, 3.4.4, 3.6.3
Social Studies     3.1.1, 3.1.4, 3.4.3

4th Grade                           
Language Arts   4.7.1
Social Studies     4.1.2, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 4.7.1, 4.7.2

5th Grade
Language Arts   5.7.1, 5.7.3
Social Studies     5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.1.6, 5.3.4

Common Core Standards

3rd Grade
ELA         3.L.1f, I; 3.SL.1b, c, d; 3.SL.3; 3.SL.4; 3.SL.6

4th Grade
ELA         4.L.1a, d; 4.SL.1b, c, d; 4.SL.2; 4.SL.3

5th Grade                           
ELA         5.L.1c, d, e; 5.SL.1 b, c, d; 5.SL.3