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Native Homes

Kalman, Bobbie (Author)
Crabtree 2001. 32 pages
First published: 2001
Series: Native Nations of North America
ISBN: 9780778704638 (paperback)
9780778703716 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 392
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Take a peek into pre-colonial North America, where a First Nation was nomadic or sedentary depending on the demands of their region. Dwellings might be portable or permanent; walls could be rolled up to receive breezes in dwellings of the southeast; adobe structures of the southwest had small doors and windows to help regulate temperatures during hot days and cold nights.

Cutaway illustrations offer fascinating glimpses into traditional ways of life. Students will enjoy poring over panoramas of villages and village life. Close-up illustrations depict scenes, settings and related cultural information: a Navajo family gathers inside a hogan; smoke rises two storeys out the roof-hole in a great longhouse.

Clear language is divided by frequent subheadings, drawing readers into the material, which is rich with interesting facts. “When the thatch wore out, the wikiup was burned and a new one was built.”

An introduction offers important general information, with a map showing dwellings by geographic region. A glossary and index are included in this engaging book.

  •  

    Create and present a diagram of one of the featured types of homes. Explain your diagram to the class.

  •  

    Make a short advertisement (film) explaining the advantages of one of the dwellings.

  •  

    Compare two of the homes featured in the book. Use a graphic organizer to identify similarities and differences, as well as advantages and disadvantages.

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    Look at the pictures. Based on the materials used and the natural surroundings, in what parts of North America might these homes have been built? Check your answers with the map.

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    Compare two of the homes using a Venn Diagram.

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    Imagine you live in one of the native homes. Write a story about a typical day in your life.

  •  As a class, brainstorm vocabulary you predict you will encounter as you read and add it to a personal glossary.
  •  Discuss the reasons for the differences in styles and materials used. Research other aboriginal shelters around the world. Use a graphic organizer to show the similarities and differences.
  •  Research the homes of First Nations peoples today across Canada. Share your findings through an infographic poster.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Social Sciences