The book I am sharing is called Totem Tale by Deb Vanasse.
We teach about different Native American tribes in our curriculum. One of the tribe's characteristics is that they had totem poles. Since we also teach different genres in language arts, this is the perfect opportunity to integrate!
Here is the book description from Amazon:
"On a full-moon night in Alaska, a traditional native totem pole magically comes to life. The Grizzly, Beaver, Frog, and Raven all stretch and scratch and voice their relief at being free at last. But then the first dawn light appears on the horizon, and the totems have to reassemble themselves in the proper order before morning. Who should be on top of whom? Can wise Raven reason with these contentious creatures? Deb Vanasse’s enchanting text and Erik Brooks’s lively illustrations make this a memorable modern folktale."
Here are a few of the pages from the book:
I love when you get to turn the book sideways!! :O)
Anyway...this book is adorable! I love the language in it and the illustrations are so fun! There are great verbs and onomatopoeia in this book! And, because I think it's so great, I'm sharing this vivid verb and onomatopoeia scavenger hunt with you in case you want to hunt for verbs and onomatopoeia with your class too!
Ok, so how am I integrating this into social studies.
Well, I wish I had pictures. Last year, I had students make their own totem poles. Here's how it went:
I gave them a list of animals and what they symbolized (it came from this website HERE).
I sent home a letter explaining the activity. It looked like this:
The students went home and chose a symbol for each family member. Most of them just highlighted on the sheet with the examples and wrote the name of the family member next to it.
Then, we went to the computer lab and they used clipart to make the animals and they typed the names of their family members and the description.
They colored them and then attached those to the paper towel rolls. They kept them on their desks for a while. They did a writing piece about their family and why they chose those symbols for each member. Then, they took them home. :O) (I wish I had pictures but that was before we started blogging.)
Totem poles tell a story. For each tribe, it may be for a different purpose, but this was how we applied it in our classroom.
So, it's not a huge integration, but I just wanted to make the Native American unit fun! :O)
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