Don't you love it when it all comes together? We just finished our Native Californian study.
We read Island of the Blue Dolphins and then wrapped the unit using the Island Quilt project by Fancy Free in 4th.
We also have been focusing on informational writing so far this year, so each student chose a tribe and had to research specific information. They then wrote 5 paragraphs using the different categories in my Research and Writing Pack.
Research... so much research... My students used these passages and comprehension questions and grids to learn more about Native Californian Tribes. It was a way for us to compare and contrast the different tribes.
We also used Native American symbols to write stories. Never a dull moment in our classroom!