The 7th grade NYS Social Studies curriculum encourages teachers to teach about the NYS environment and how it affected the early cultures of the Iroquois and the Algonquian. The curriculum is stated as follows:
Iroquois (Haudenosaunee—People of the Longhouse) and Algonquian People adapted to the environment in which they settled
1. Geographic regions of New Yo r k
2. Diversity of flora and fauna
3. Seasons and weather patterns
4. Kinds of Settlements and Settlement patterns
In my opinion, it is important to split this content up into three different social studies differentiated instruction lesson plans.
When I made the Geographic Regions of NYS lesson plan, I focused on the geographic regions of NY, diversity of flora and fauna, and the weather patterns. I also added the Great Lakes and the major natural waterways of NYS. I did this to show the importance of water that will be built upon in the next lesson plan.
In the Iroquois and Algonquian Cultures lesson, I put the kind of settlements and settlement patterns in which incorporates the following part of the 7th grade NYS social studies curriculum:
The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) developed cultural patterns that reflected their needs and values
1. Creation and religious beliefs
2. Importance of the laws of nature and the wise use of natural resources
3. Patterns of time and space
4. Family and kinship
6. Conceptions of land ownership and use
C. Algonquian Culture
1. Spiritual beliefs
2. Spatial patterns
The Iroquois Confederacy Lesson Plan focuses on the Government and gender roles within the government.
You can find these lesson plans by clicking on the links below:
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