Native Americans loved music and made it an integral part of their cultures. They would make instruments out of natural materials they could find near their homeland. Kids recreate the experience and learn about music and Native American culture as they craft their own Shell Shaker instrument. All the materials for the Shell Shaker have been included, plus we've included a specially produced CD featuring 21 songs from 12 Native American tribes.
Ages 6 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Explore the rituals and ceremonies of various Native American tribes.
- Learn about different Native American tribes and then listen to songs from each tribe.
- Create your own Native American inspired instrument.
- Real seashells, plus popcorn kernels, glue, and decorations to create each Shell Shaker.
- Our exclusive CD featuring Native American songs that will provide the backdrop for a Shell Shaker orchestra.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that is filled with facts, puzzles, games and other activities that enhance the experience.
General: Standards in History
Content Standard 1A: Students understand family life in various places long ago. (K-4)
Compare and contrast family life now with family life over time and between various cultures.
Content Standard 1B: Students understand the different ways people of diverse racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and of various national origins have transmitted their beliefs and values. (K-4)
Explain the ways that families long ago expressed and transmitted their beliefs and values through oral traditions, literature, songs, art, religion, community celebrations, mementos, food, and language.
Content Standard 2B: Students understand how communities in North America varied long ago. (K-4)
Compare and contrast the different ways in which early Native American peoples adapted to their various environments and created their patterns of community life long ago.
Content Standard 6A: Students understand folklore and other cultural contributions from various regions of the United States and how they help to form a national heritage.(K-4)
Describe regional folk heroes, stories, or songs that have contributed to the development of the cultural history of the U.S.
Draw upon a variety of stories, legends, songs, ballads, games, and tall tales in order to describe the environment, lifestyles, beliefs, and struggles of people in various regions of the country.
Examine art, crafts, music, and language of people from a variety of regions long ago and describe their influence on the nation.
Content Standard 7A: Students understand the cultures and historical developments of selected societies. (K-4)
Analyze the dance, music, and arts of various cultures around the world to draw conclusions about the history, daily life, and beliefs of the people in history.
Specific (California standards):
(SS Analysis Skills) Students explain how the present is connected to the past, identifying both similarities and differences between the two, and how some things change over time and some things stay the same.
(SS Analysis Skills) Students pose relevant questions about events they encounter in historical documents, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, maps, artworks, and architecture.
(SS K.6 #3) Understand how people lived in earlier times and how their lives would be different today.
(SS 1.4 #3) Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas as work, dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals.
(SS 1.5 #3) Compare the beliefs, customs, ceremonies, traditions, and social practices of the varied cultures, drawing from folklore.
(SS 3.2 #1) Describe national identities, religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions.
(SS 5.1 #2) Describe their (Native Americans) varied customs and folklore traditions.