First grade students have learned about a second Native American tribe, the Seminole of the Southeast. In our reading, we discovered the the Seminole were part of the Creek people who settled in Florida. The word Seminole means wanderer or runaway. Students have learned the Seminole often wore colorful clothing, many beaded necklaces (sometimes worn up to their ears), and ceremonial headdresses. Over the past few days, they’ve enjoyed making necklaces as well as our unique headdresses. Like the Iroquois, the Seminole planted corn, beans, and squash. After assembling and reading a “Hominy How To” students made their own hominy and discovered it was a lot of work! While a handful of students liked the hominy, most did not. First graders have learned about Seminole homes. As many lived in swampy areas, they traditionally built wooden huts above the ground called chickees. Chickees didn’t have walls, which allowed cool breezes to flow through and had hammocks for sleeping. Students created their own chickee diagrams. Finally, students have enjoyed comparing and contrasting the Seminole and the Iroquois. This will continue as we learn about each new region and tribe. When we return from winter break, students can look forward to learning about the Sioux of the Plains.
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