In February, the Third Grade class experienced a main lesson block titled “Living on This Earth.” During this four week block, they heard stories about Indians who lived here in America long before there were any towns or cities. We also recited the following verse:
Where we walk to school each day,
Indian children used to play.
All about our native land,
Where the shops and houses stand.
And the trees were very tall,
And there were no streets at all,
Not a church and not a steeple.
Only woods and Indian people.
Only wigwams on the ground,
And at night bears prowling round.
What a different place today
Where we live and work and play!
Dependent on nature to survive, Indian children learned how to grow and hunt their own food, make their own clothes, and build their own homes. They learned to live in harmony with nature, taking only what they needed and being creative with what the earth provided for them. They used the materials in their environment to make their own shelters. If they lived in an area with forests, as we do here in Pennsylvania, they made their shelters using young saplings and covered them with bark, moss, straw, or animal skins. If they lived in the desert, they used the earth itself, making Adobe bricks from the clay-like earth. With these bricks, they built a whole village, called a Pueblo village.
After the class heard many stories about how Indian children learned to live in nature, the class was given their first large homework assignment. They have each been working to build a model shelter. Over the next two weeks, they will be bringing in their shelter project to show their classmates. Each project will be on display outside our classroom for one day and you are welcome to come take a look at their hard work, but please don’t touch!