Antelope Valley Indian Museum SHP

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California Indians Use of Desert Resources and Trade

Kindergarten Program (appropriate for K-2nd grade): Covers Kindergarten social studies standards: K.1.1 and K.6.3. Discusses the native peoples of southern California and Arizona including their housing and tools. Demonstrates how to prepare acorns and pine nuts using traditional tools followed by a Kawaiisu story about sharing.

3rd/4th Grade Program (this is our basic program and can also be adapted for youth groups and other age groups): Covers Grade 3 social studies standards: 3.1.1, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.5.1, and 3.5.2 and Grade 4 social studies standards: 4.1.5 and 4.2.1. Discusses the native peoples of the Antelope Valley, desert resources (plants, animals, water), and the 4,000-year-old Antelope Valley trade corridor. Demonstrates how to prepare acorns and pine nuts using traditional tools followed by a Kawaiisu story about acorn preparation and the importance of sharing.

5th Grade Program: Covers Grade 5 social studies standards: 5.1.1 and 5.3.4. Discusses the native peoples of the Antelope Valley, Arizona, and New Mexico, their resources and tools, and the effect of European colonization on the native peoples of California. Demonstrates how to prepare acorns and pine nuts using traditional tools. If teachers can pick up clay samples from the museum and distribute them to their students, the program also includes a hands-on a clay activity.

NOTE: This program is best suited for grades K - 5th

Keep reading to discover our On-Demand programs and K-12 educational resources from the Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park!

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