1) Build dioramas of a hogan and
night corral, with loom outside. The
chalk pictures from Annie and the Old One: Desert
fantastic backgrounds for these!
2) Research the animals found in
the southwestern desert. Assign one or more students to a
particular animal. Have students make a class book about
desert animals using the information they found about
3) Instead using beads with the
loom in Annie and the Old One: Trading
Post, use strands of yarn to make mini-rugs. These can be
used on looms for dioramas.
4) The Navajo are very skilled at
silver-working. Their jewelry with silver
and turquoise is a specialty. The process of this leads
to great science
lessons. Tinfoil and sequins can be used as a substitute
for replicating the real thing in class.
5) Contact local representatives of
Native American organizations to
come visit with your class. They are usually more than
willing to share their culture with students.
6) Story-telling is one of the
primary ways Native American children
learn their histories and values. Oral presentations of
childhood stories or lessons learned as a child are a
great application of this aspect of Navajo life for the