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Chipmunk and the Owl Sisters is part of a compilation entitled Keepers of the Night which provides an integrated approach to teaching the fascination of stories and activities around the campfire. Through the use of Native North American stories, nighttime artistic and hands-on activities, children learn to develop a caring, constructive relationship with nature and the outdoors.
Chipmunk and the Owl Sisters introduces its themes, storytelling and traditional North American games with two Native American stories. The discussion section that follows provides background information and questions about activities around the campfire such as storytelling, food and cooking, dances and games. Students participate in a variety of hands-on activities that vary from playing Native North American games, learning to build a campfire to cooking traditional Native foods. Each activity provides goals, detailed teaching instructions and a list of required materials.
The Campfire – Students learn to build a basic campfire. They choose an appropriate site for the fire, set up and start the fire using a bow drill.
Opening the Circle of the Fire – Students learn from and enjoy Native American traditions by participating in an activity that teaches them to enjoy their time around the fire while being a helpful member of a community. They share some ideas on how to learn about and share Native North American traditions.
Storytelling – Students listen to different kinds of traditional Native North American stories around the campfire. Afterward they prepare stories, skits, group theater sketches and storytelling to share around a campfire at another time.
Bear Dance – Students participate in a group dance to celebrate the bear, symbol of courage. Before learning the dance they make a papier-mâché bear mask and a den for the bear in the form of a small lodge constructed from dead branches and a tarp.
Fireside Feast – Students prepare simple, wholesome traditional foods and enjoy a meal around the fire. They discover and enjoy some of the many foods that come from Native North American culture.
Native Games – Students play some traditional Native North American games. They realize that many contemporary games and sports are gifts from Native North Americans.
A section entitled Extending the Experience provides a variety of activities to reinforce and supplement the lessons of the stories and activities.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.