SIDNEY — Fifth-grade social studies students studied how the American Indians developed unique cultures with many different ways of life during the third quarter. The American Indian tribes and nations can be classified into groups based on geographic and cultural similarities. As students researched the 10 regions in North America, they found information about the geography, shelter, transportation, clothing, cultural and art products, and foods of the various tribes and nations.
After completing a scrapbook page on a specific region, they worked in groups of 3 to create dioramas to depict the information provided on their scrapbook page. They used available resources in the classroom and from home to create a museum full of projects. Groups then viewed the 34 final projects in a museum like setting, complete with Native American music playing in the background. Each group had to classify the projects by observing the unique qualities depicted. They also voted for the dioramas from each region that they felt best represented the Native American culture.