Indigenous Representation and Presence in Computer Science (CodeVA + VTEC)

These materials were created in a partnership with Virginia Tribal Education Consortium under the Career and Technical Education Project, a 5-year project which promotes STEM education focusing on Computer Science. This project prepares Native American students to meet academic and technical standards for high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand industry and occupations and is funded through the US Department of Education's Native American Career and Technical Education Program.
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Fry Bread

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Making and eating fry bread is a special event for many Native American people. People began to make fry bread because sometimes in the past they only had a few things to make meals with. This lesson leads students through the history and heritage of fry bread with the book Fry Bread– A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble and consider the similies and metaphors within the story, and then reflect on family traditions in their own culture and household through a flowchart of pseudocode. This lesson was created through a partnership between CodeVA and the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC). 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Go Show the World - Indigenous Heroes

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Students will investigate the characteristics of heroes through the book Go Show the World. Students will select one of the heroes identified in the book and research them further, creating a Twine passage that shares what the student learned about the Native figure.This lesson was created through a partnership between CodeVA and the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC). 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Young Water Protectors

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This lesson examines what people are doing to protect Earth’s clean water supply through the text Young Water Protectors, a story about the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their efforts to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students will examine the Standing Rock perspective, and consider what needs to be done to protect our water sources. Students will respond to this activity through writing prompts and represent one of those prompts through programming in Twine.This lesson was created through a partnership between CodeVA and the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC). 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

The Water Walker

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Students will learn about The Water Walker, Josephine Mandamin, and discuss and research topics related to the protection of our water sources. Students will then take their research and consider how advancements in technology over the past 50 years (specifically transportation and and business (shipping, manufacturing) have impacted the local water supplies.This lesson was created through a partnership between CodeVA and the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC). 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Remember - Indigenous Perspective on Environmentalism

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This lesson takes students through the examination of the poem Remember and its use of figurative language to set the stage for considering how the physical world around us has changed in the past 50 years. Students research a specific local plant, animal, or element of weather and how it has changed over time, and then use Twine to represent their research in a digital story. This lesson culminates with the discussion of whether or not we are doing a good job of listening to Virginia’s natural elements over the past 50 years. This lesson was created through a partnership between CodeVA and the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium (VTEC). 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Impacts of Westward Expansion

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Students will gather information regarding the cultural and economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians during Westward Expansion. Students will work in groups to analyze several primary sources and create a visual representation depicting the Native vs. European perspectives of westward expansion. 

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Data Visualization of the Virginia Native Tribes

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Students will research one of the seven federally recognized tribes of Native Americans in Virginia to identify local features of the land, their language, the region of Virginia where they originally lived, where the tribal lands are today, and how they interacted with their environment. From this research, the student groups will design a visualization of this data using a poster, online design tool, or a presentation. Student groups will present their information to each other, and the classroom will design a chart to find similarities and differences between the tribes.

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Author: CodeVA Curriculum

Treaties Two-Part Lesson Series

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Students will learn about treaties and what important role they have played in with Virginia’s Native Americans. They will learn why there are treaties and how they affected the tribes and the Europeans and where they stand in the 21st century. In the second lesson, the teacher will go through the slides with the students explaining what was agreed between the Natives in Virginia and the Europeans that came to their land. This lesson can last as long as it takes to get through the slides, or the teacher can pick some of the agreements and discuss with students. 

Material Type: Lesson

Author: CodeVA Curriculum