2nd Grade Activities from the Native American Resource Center

The Native American Resource Center is pleased to introduce two new programs designed to help 2nd grade students learn about the Native Peoples of our area.  These Cultural Encounter programs support  the Social Studies concepts found in the Curriculum for 2nd grade (particularly the new RCSD Integrated  Curriculum).  These Cultural Encounter sessions are available to ALL schools in the Rochester City, Greece and Rush-Henrietta School Districts.  Both of these programs are FREE and may be booked by calling the Native American Resource Center at 324-9305.

Inside the Longhouse—Then and Now

This 45-minute, highly interactive, artifact filled  presentation will introduce students to the lifestyle of the Haudenosaunee  from two distinct time periods: 1490 (prior to European contact) and Today.  Using the Longhouse as the focus, students will learn about the clothing, food, games and responsibilities of Haudenosaunee, particularly children, from that historic time period. The program will conclude with discussion of the use of Longhouses today and the continued presence of Native People in our community. Elements of Haudenosaunee culture that span both time periods such as Clans, Storytelling, and Wampum will be introduced also.

Daisy Chain Bracelet – A Beadwork activity

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the importance of Beadwork to the Haudenosaunee.  Students will learn how beads were made of natural resources, about the trading of glass beads and what certain beadwork designs mean to the Haudenosaunee. Each student will get to make (and keep) their own Daisy Chain bracelet.  All materials are supplied for this activity.  Students must be able to place beads on a string and make one tie to complete this activity.

Native American Resource Center

353 Congress Avenue Rochester, NY 14608 (585) 324-9305

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Free Lacrosse Program from Native American Resource Center

The Native American Resource Center offers a variety of Cultural Encounter programs where students can learn about Native American culture and history from Native American educators.  These Cultural Encounter programs support  the learning concepts found in various parts of the curriculums for many grade levels.  All programs are FREE for ALL schools in the Rochester City, Greece and Rush–Henrietta School Districts.  To schedule a program, call the Native American Resource Center at 324-9305.

Lacrosse—The Creator’s Game

The highly interactive activity will detail the cultural and historical significance of the Haudenosaunee game of Lacrosse.  Students will learn how the Haudenosaunee  invented this game, the evolution of the game and equipment, different styles of lacrosse played today, and some basic elements of game play.  Time permitting, students will have the opportunity to learn some basic skills needed for playing such as cradling, passing, catching and shooting.  ALL sticks and balls need to play are provided (including indoor “safe” lacrosse balls).  Many students enjoy the opportunity to be introduced to Tewaarathon (Mohawk word for lacrosse, actual meaning is “they bump hips”) or to gain a deeper understanding of this game.

This session may be completed during a gym class or classroom teachers may schedule a time when the students may be allowed to have outdoor learning or there is an open gym time.

Native American Resource Center

353 Congress Avenue Rochester, NY 14608 (585) 324-9305

 

 

Rochester’s Native American Resource Center Delivers Free Presentations to GCSD Teachers!

The Native American Resource Center in Rochester has been providing excellent presentations to Greece classrooms for years please consider asking them to come to your class room to deliver content-rich, standards-based programs for our students.

The Cultural Encounters presentations see flyer Cultural Encounters flyer 2011-12 (Read-Only)is one of the ways that they accomplish this goal.

They are interested in assisting any grade level not just the 4th and 5th grade teachers.

Its Free!

Greece qualifies for these free programs because of a consortium grant that the office writes each year.