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November Highlights

This November we are highlighting these topics:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Elections & Civic Engagement
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
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The Mathematics of Voting
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The goal of this video lesson is to teach students about new and exciting ways of holding an election that they may not be aware of. Students will learn three different methods of voting: plurality, instant runoff, and the Borda count. They will be led through a voting experiment in which they will see the weakness of plurality when there are three or more candidates. This lesson will show that not every voting system is perfect, and that each has its strengths and weaknesses. It will also promote thought, discussion, and understanding of the various methods of voting.

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Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Dr. Andy Felt
Date Added:
12/10/2020
Native American Round Dance
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Explore the traditional Native American Round Dance. Invite a Native American to share proper Round Dance steps. Compare and contrast beats of various Round Dance songs.
The Indigenous tribes/nations of Utah ask that teachers reach out to Native Americans within the community for assistance in teaching the Round Dance. Contacting families within your school community would be ideal. If other avenues are needed, contact your district Title VI coordinator or Indian education department within your state education system.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Brenda Beyal
Chris Roberts
Date Added:
10/28/2022
The Northern Ute Tribe
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Homepage for the Northern Ute Tribe, with links to current information regarding, and affecting, tribal life.

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History
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Ute Indian Tribe
Date Added:
01/15/2019
Northwestern Shoshone Fish Song
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Sing a Northwestern Shoshone song.
Write a narrative story about an experience in nature.
Create music compositions patterned after the song.
This lesson is written in partnership with and approved by the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Cultural Specialist, Patty Timbimboo-Madsen and Paula Watkins, library consultant to the tribal nation. Before teaching this lesson, please explain to your students that there are many Indigenous tribes in Seal for the Northwestern Shoshonethe United States and that this lesson specifically focuses on a song of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and does not represent other Native American groups. It is the hope of the Northwestern Shoshone that other native tribes will respect their choice to share this aspect of their culture.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Emily Soderborg
Date Added:
10/28/2022
Oral History as an Educational Experience
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Based on this model oral history experience, the toolkit includes instructional concepts, ideas, and strategies for use by educators to design a curriculum that reflects their instructional goals and the needs of their students while appreciating Vietnam veterans in their community.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
History
Literature
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
11/06/2019
PDTV: Supporting and Developing 21st Century Learners
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In this episode of PDTV, host Katie Blunt travels to Delta, Utah to visit Utah’s 2023 Teacher of the Year - Chad Warnick. First, see real-life examples of how Chad implements Utah’s EdTech competencies in his teaching to create a classroom that supports 21st-century learners. Then, Katie walks you through how you can apply the same competencies to your lessons!

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Professional Learning
Material Type:
Media Object
Author:
Katie Blunt
Date Added:
10/25/2022
Paiute Storied Rocks
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Read Paiute picture writing and learn some Native American universal sign language. Compose a new song by rearranging parts of a known tune. Compare the English and Southern Paiute languages.
This lesson was written in partnership with Dorena Martineau, the Paiute Cultural Resource Director, and Shanandoah Martineau Anderson, a member of the Shivwits band of Paiutes that specializes in Native American universal sign language as well as petroglyphs and pictographs. It was approved by the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah’s Tribal Council. Before teaching this lesson, please explain to your students that there are many symbol Indigenous tribes in the United States and that this lesson specifically focuses on the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and does not represent other Native American groups. It is the hope of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah that other native tribes will respect their...

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Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Eliza Een
Emily Soderborg
Date Added:
10/28/2022
The Return of the Cherokee
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: Each year, Colonial Williamsburg hosts Return of the Cherokee. This special event draws hundreds to observe Cherokee culture as it was in the 18th century when members would come to Williamsburg for trade, diplomacy, or even education. Buck Woodard with Colonial Williamsburg’s American Indian Initiative joins to explain some of the exciting updates to this year’s event.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Strengthening Democracy in America: Enhancing Strengths and Diminishing Weaknesses of the American Constitutional System Instructional Guide
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This draft guide provides suggestions for engaging high school students in exploration of the content and issues raised in the Strengthening Democracy in America courses.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Thanksgiving
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This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, Gale's Kids InfoBits, EBSCO's Explora Elementary, and World Book Encyclopedia to help students learn about Thanksgiving. 

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
05/26/2022
Traditional Homes and Dwellings
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In this Nearpod lesson, students will examine traditional homes and dwellings of various Native American groups throughout history. They will look at how environment and culture can shape our homes and dwellings, and explore and examine homes around the world.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Nearpod
Author:
Ignite
Nearpod
Date Added:
08/02/2022
Ute Indians: Past and Present
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Students will become familiar with the Ute Indians both past and present.Enduring Understandings:Who the Ute Indians were and their significance in Utah history.What the Ute culture was like before European expansion.How things are different today for the Ute Indians today compared to the past

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
10/25/2021
Voting to Make Your Voice Heard
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Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of voting in local, state, and national elections.Essential questions:What are the roles of elected officials in our state government?Why is it important for citizens to vote?Enduring understanding:Students will be able to identify the roles of elected officials in Utah and explain the importance of voting as a citizen of our state.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
10/25/2021
What Is Democracy?
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In this lesson from the We the People: The Citizen & Democracy textbook, students will learn a very simple definition of democracy from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The lesson introduces the essential elements of a democracy, which is a country where the people have the right to make all the rules and laws either directly or by means of elected representatives. The teacher's goal for the lesson is to help students understand what it means for a democracy to be a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black
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Listen and respond to a Paiute story.
Explore art making, using chalk or crayons.
Create a project depicting one of the scenes in the book.
This lesson was written in partnership with Dorena Martineau, the Paiute Cultural Resource Director, and was approved by the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah’s Tribal Council. Before teaching this lesson, please explain to your students that there are many indigenous tribes in the United States and that this lesson Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Seal focuses on the five bands of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and does not represent other Native American groups. It is the hope of the Paiutes that other native tribes will respect their choice to share this aspect of their culture.

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Brenda Beyal
Chris Roberts
Date Added:
10/28/2022