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Social Studies

Indigenous History

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Building a TipiDescription: This English-language video for Grades 4-5 is about how Lakota people build a tipi, a portable and traditional dwelling that made life on the Great Plains possible.
Duration: 1:06
Native Americans TravoisDescription: A travois, also known as a drag sled, was a traditional Native American tool for carrying loads overland.
Duration: 0:47
Lakota CultureDescription: For generations Lakota people roam them planes from what is now Minnesota and Iowa to Montana and Wyoming up to Canada through the Dakotas and down into Nebraska even maybe even further.
Duration: 1:07
Social StructureDescription: Ojibwe tribes consisted of different clans or families. Each person’s clan was a key part of his or her identity.
Duration: 0:26
The Bear ClanDescription: The Bear Clan was known for being protectors and guarding their tribe. Learn more in this video.
Duration: 0:27
The Turtle ClanDescription: The Turtle Clan is respected for their wisdom like their ancestors, The Fish Clan.
Duration: 0:28
The Fish ClanDescription: The Fish Clan is one of the oldest Ojibwe Clans. Learn more in this video.
Duration: 0:26
The Deer ClanDescription: The Deer Clan was one of the Ojibwe Clans know for their kind and gentle nature. Watch this video to learn more.
Duration: 0:25
The Crane ClanDescription: The Crane Clan was one of the Ojibwe Clans and known for being smart. Watch this video to learn more.
Duration: 0:24
The Marten ClanDescription: A brief introduction to the Marten Clan, one of the Ojibwe clans.
Duration: 0:51
TotemsDescription: Ojibwe clans are represented by animal totems. Watch this video to learn more Ojibwe culture.
Duration: 1:14
Red River CartDescription: A Red River cart it’s a cart made of wood and rawhide, it was invented by descendents of white traders and native women in the northern U.S. and Canada called themselves Métis, a French word meaning “Mixed”.
Duration: 0:57
Catching Fish with Dams and SticksDescription: Some Native American tribes built dams with rocks once the fish swam into the dam they could be caught easily others use sticks split at the end and caught the fish that way.
Duration: 0:20
How the Ojibwe Caught FishDescription: Some Native American tribes used a net on a long stick called a dip net in addition the ojibwe used spears for fishing.
Duration: 0:35
Dakota BoyhoodDescription: Boys a very early age were trained in the arts of hunting and war.
Duration: 0:52
Native History – By the NumbersDescription: For many thousands of years before Christopher Columbus ships sail across the ocean to america there were approximately 20 billion Indians living on what was to become the United States.
Duration: 2:10
Eagle FeathersDescription: To wear an eagle feather you had to do something you’re really brave are you had to do something extraordinary to earn an eagle feather.
Duration: 1:04
Winter TimeDescription: In the wintertime Dakota would hunker down it’s hard to imagine how they could keep warm in these tents with weather reaching 50 degrees below zero.
Duration: 0:41
Dakota Tracking AbilityDescription: Dakota often travel in a tribe but they were a hunter-gatherer society so a lot of times a man and a woman went hunting outside by themselves.
Duration: 1:05
Eagle PitsDescription: A lot of tribes dug on Eagle pit which they covered with grass and twigs the hunter would put a dead animal on it for bait and then hide out in the pit.
Duration: 0:30
Becoming a Buffalo Hunter in the Native American CultureDescription: The Native American buffalo hunter had to be at least 14 or 15. A boy had to go through a lot of training before a buffalo hunter.
Duration: 0:47
Native American Hunting of Deer and BuffaloDescription: Deer hunting was pretty much a year round thing because deer were more numerous. The buffalo hunt was usually in the fall to stock up for the winter.
Duration: 0:48
Tobacco is Considered Sacred by Most Native American TribesDescription: Tobacco is considered sacred by most Native American tribes. When you pray to offer your sincerity, you offer tobacco. There are different reasons for it in different tribes. Some say that tobacco helps the prayers reach the great spirit.
Duration: 0:45
Native American Tradition of Counting CoupDescription: After a battle, people of the tribe would gather together to recount their acts of bravery and to count coup. Coup was recorded by putting notches in a coup stick.
Duration: 0:41
Story of the Lost WifeDescription: Do you know the story of the girl who lived amongst the wolves? The story of the lost wife? You don’t? Well then I will tell it to you.
Duration: 2:47
Buffalo PonyDescription: The Dakota Sioux that lived on the Great Plains hunted buffalo more effectively on horseback. Sometimes a Buffalo Horse is referred to as a “War Pony.”
Duration: 1:08
AfterlifeDescription: Sorry to say, you died. Math is important to your survival. When you answer a question wrong in this game, you will have to try again in order to move on.
Duration: 1:05
Why Rabbit Stew is ImportantDescription: Culture video on how rabbits are important to the Ojibwe tribe. How do you say “rabbit” in the Ojibwe language? (It’s “waabooz.”) How did snaring rabbits help the Ojibwe survive? Do tribal members still eat rabbit stew to this day? (Spoiler: Yes.)
Duration: 0:58
Mayan TradingDescription: The Mayans didn’t use paper currency, so they traded for what they needed without it. This included gold, salt, feathers, obsidian, and food. To track these items, learn to organize data in a bar graph.
Duration: 1:58
Why Rabbit Stew is ImportantDescription: Culture video on how rabbits are important to the Ojibwe tribe. How do you say “rabbit” in the Ojibwe language? (It’s “waabooz.”) How did snaring rabbits help the Ojibwe survive? Do tribal members still eat rabbit stew to this day? (Spoiler: Yes.)
Duration: 0:58
What’s a powwow?Description: What’s a powwow? What goes on at a powwow?
Duration: 1:41

Social Studies

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What’s the Word? World History TermsDescription: In this video, student learn world history terminology. We get you started with a few keywords with examples.
Duration: 2:46
Using Timelines with BCEDescription: In this video students learn what B.C.E stands for. They’ll also learn to read a timeline with BCE. Recommended for Grades 5-7.
Duration: 2:12
How to Solve the Timeline ProblemDescription: This video show you how to solve the timeline problem. Follow three simple steps to find the proper number of years gone by. For Grades 5-7.
Duration: 0:57

Social Studies in Spanish / Estudios Sociales

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Términos de HistoriaDescripción: En este video los estudiantes aprenden términos de historia que les ayudarán a comprender mejor sus estudios de ciencias sociales.
Duración: 2:46
Línea de Tiempo con AEC en EspañolDescripción: Sabías que a diferencia de una línea numérica en matemáticas, en una línea de tiempo no hay 0. Entonces, ¿Cómo puedo resolver el problema de línea de tiempo? Descúbrelo a continuación.
Duración: 1:02

Lakota Culture videos (in Lakota Language)

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About Lakota Culture (in the Lakota language)Description: This Lakota language video is narrated by Dr. Erich Longie. Learn how the Lakota lived. Experience the Lakota language. Improve your math skills by playing 7 Generation Games at home and in the classroom. This resource is for Grades 3-8.
Duration: 1:06
Becoming a Buffalo Hunter in Native American Culture (in the Lakota language)Description: Listen in the Lakota Sioux language about how Lakota people hunted buffalo and how they lived. Experience the Lakota language and improve your math skills with 7 Generation Games. This language video is for Grade 3 and up.
Duration: 0:46
Buffalo Pony Lakota (in Lakota)Description: What is a Buffalo Pony in the Lakota Sioux language? Experience the Lakota language and improve your math skills with 7 Generation Games. This language video is for Grade 3 and up.
Duration: 1:09
Earning an Eagle Feather Lakota (in Lakota)Description: How did Lakota tribal people earn eagle feathers? Experience the Lakota language and improve your math skills with 7 Generation Games. This language video is for Grade 3 and up.
Duration: 1:06
Eagle Pits Lakota (in Lakota)Description: What are eagle pits used for and why? What are the hazards of eagle pits? Experience the Lakota language and improve your math skills with 7 Generation Games. This language video is for Grade 3 and up.
Duration: 0:31
Travois Lakota (In Lakota)Description: What is a travois? How does it work? Experience the Lakota language and improve your math skills with 7 Generation Games. This language video is for Grade 3 and up.
Duration: 0:46