Hands-On History Lesson

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Prior to celebrating Thanksgiving, second-grade students at St. James Elementary participated in a hands-on learning activity about Native American culture.

The Native American Life workshop gave students the opportunity to see what life was like for the Native Americans of Long Island before the Europeans arrived. Students had their face painted with hematite, dressed in Native American garb and sat on animal skins as they learned about Native American culture.

Showing off different animal skins, students learned about how Native Americans used them for hunting and to keep warm. Using a Native American drill, students made their own necklaces out of slate. They also prepared and tasted their own corn cakes.

A touch table featured different artifacts and Native American musical instruments, and students participated in a singalong with the instruments at the end of the program.