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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-5 Nomadic and Sedentary Tribes in Kansas

This middle level lesson looks at how environmental conditions influenced the traditional lifestyles of Plains tribes. The lifestyles of the Osage and the Kiowa are explored to teach the concepts of sedentary and nomadic. The students will evaluate two primary sources in terms of their credibility, purpose, and points of view. Working in small groups the students will interpret the texts by creating illustrations. The lesson is presented over a four-day period but can be altered to fit individual classroom needs. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-5 Nomadic and Sedentary Tribes - The Osage
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M-5 Nomadic and Sedentary Tribes - The Kiowa

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Lesson plan

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Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #5: Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic.

  • 5.1: The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.
  • RH. 6-8. 2:  The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provides an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • RH. 6-8.4: The student will determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • SL.7.1 (a-d): The student will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.7.5: The student will include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient poitns.