Native People of the Plains

Participants will explore life on the Plains “then and now.”  Students will gain an understanding of the importance of the American buffalo, or Bison, to the survival of the early Native people of the Plains such as the Kiowa, Lakota, and Comanche.  Participants will learn about the cultural changes brought by the reservation system and study how the Plains people today incorporate early traditions into their contemporary lives.

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Check out the complementary lesson on our website entitled Beyond Cowboys and Indians!

Educational Standards

Common Core

Teachers needing to meet standards will find that Native People of the Plains addresses Common Core ELA standards by teaching students how to act like historians, use cultural objects as primary resources, “read” cultural objects, and use academic vocabulary.  Exposure to this program will also help students “come to understand other perspectives and cultures.”*  Reading, writing, and listening exercises included in the Beyond Cowboys and Indians curriculum packet cover additional Common Core standards. 

* Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, page 7

Additional Rhode Island Standards

Civics & Government: Standards C&G 5(K-8)-2
Historical Perspectives: Standards HP 1(K-8)-1; HP 2(5-8)-2; HP 2(K-8)-3; HP 3(5-6)-1; HP 3(K-8)-2
Visual Art and Design:  Standards VA&D 2(K-8)-1; VA&D 3(5-8)-2
Dance: Standards D 2(K-8)-1

Massachusetts Standards

Social Science (Gr. 3): 3.2
Social Science (Gr. 4): 4.15A; Economics (Gr. 4): 6&7, 4.11, 4.15E
Social Science:  Economics (Gr. 5): 5.6
Arts (K-4):  Dance:  1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 4.1, 5.1
Science and Technology (K-2):  Life Sciences: 1, 6, 8; Technology/Engineering: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
Science and Technology (3-5):  Life Sciences:  8&10; Technology/Engineering: 2.1