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4th Grade Longhouses

The Longhouses are back and on display in the Fourth grade wing! The Fourth grade classes have been studying about the early Native Americans, also known as the Iroquois, or the Haudenosaunee, meaning the People of the Longhouse.  As part of the New York State core curriculum, Social Studies content is encompassed in the new ELA modules set forth by New York State. Fourth grade Social Studies curriculum is based on New York State history. The students have worked together to research the nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, consisting of the original five: Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk. Students learned about the Iroquois way of life, men and women’s roles, cultural beliefs, and also had the opportunity to take part in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse production of “There Once Was a Longhouse,” by Rick Balian.

Students did close by reading in different trade books, researched material from the internet and used graphic organizers to record what they learned.  Students watched documentaries and took notes, they made blueprint drawings of what an Iroquois village would include and then as a culminating extra credit project they were asked to create a complete village using resources from nature, just like the Iroquois. Students did a fine job with this project and learned many interesting facts along the way.

Submitted by Mrs. Brown