First Peoples Skills

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The First People Skills activities include an introduction to tracking, fire-making with a wooden hand drill, and cordage: making rope from plant fibers. Students learn how to read dirt for clues, build a fire and make a camp-bread introduced by Scottish trappers in the 1600s, and turn a leaf of a Yucca plant into a rope bracelet.

The post-activity classroom discussion (comparing life today to that of native Californians 300 years ago) helps students understand that everything we use and consume in our daily lives begins as a natural resource. They learn about the surprising amount of resources it takes to create simple, everyday items. Grades 4 – 6.

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What's included:

  • Hands-on activities that physically engage students
  • Teacher support materials
  • Campus and Home water audit projects (optional)
  • Your Students Will Explore:

  • The water cycle
  • Global access to clean water
  • Where their water comes from
  • How we use water as a community
  • Practical ways for their families to conserve water at home