Who IS That Woman?
Main Subject Area: Language Arts
Additional Subjects: Social Studies
Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Several age-appropriate texts about Sacagawea’s participation in the Corps of Discovery
Colored pencils and/or crayons
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Grade Level(s): 3-5
2. Begin a “jigsaw” activity, where students will explore the contributions of Sacagawea to the Corps of Discovery, by splitting students evenly into small reading groups.
3. Distribute a different story about Sacagawea to each reading group, and direct the students to take turns reading this book aloud. Explain that as they read the text, they are to take notes about Sacagawea’s life, characteristics, and how she aided the Corps of Discovery.
4. After students have read and taken notes on their story, place each student in a second group that contains one member from each of the previous reading groups.
5. In these new groups, the students will take turns sharing the stories that their groups read. They will take turns describing each story’s plot, and will also address the information that they collected while reading.
6. After each group has completed their discussion, regroup the class to conduct a brainstorming activity about their Sacagawea findings. This could involve the class developing a mind map where students can list and link ideas relating to the main topic.
7. Explain that the students will use the information they collected to write a poem (using a familiar style or format) to describe why Sacagawea was important to the development of our country. Students will follow the writing process in the development of this poem.
8. Students will then draw a picture to accompany their poem.
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