I think this is the first lesson that I had a handle on all the way through. We reviewed the lessons before this one and I talked about the artifact that we would look at in this lesson, Clovis point. I built in a short break during the video so that we could mentally and physically get some activity. At the end of the video I had the students share with each other what they recorded from the movie since we are emphasizing students speak using academic vocabulary.
- The lesson timing was perfect.
- Students had opportunities to move around.
- Students had opportunities to share what they were learning with each other.
- I needed to talk significantly less than in the past lessons.
- The largest class performed better than they had previously.
- There were a couple groups of students that did not do as well as they should have. I need to converse with them about how they can improve.
The history of the Americas started well before Columbus. Unfortunately, because of the lack of or destruction of written histories, archaeologists have to rely on the discovery of artifacts to further our knowledge of these peoples. In this lesson we will learn about different theories of migration and also discover that this area is constantly changing and updating do to new discoveries.
Essential Question: Where and when did the first immigrants to the Americas arrive?
- Review the Kenniwick Man lesson
- Video: In Search of History The First Americans (42:15) (1998) IMDB Page
- Tracking the First Americans (2015) National Geographic Magazine
- Kenniwick Man Wikipedia
- How did the first immigrants come to the Americas?
- When did the first immigrants come to the Americas?
- Video Worksheet
- Tracking the First American (2015) National Geographic Article
- How did the Clovis Point Become an Archaeological Icon?