Learn More About the Iroquois
After your students have read The Indian and the Cupboard, continue this book unit by doing related lessons, which include a research project and a creative writing activity.
Little Bear was an Iroquois Indian, the son of a chief. He told Omri that he lived in a longhouse, not a teepee, and that his tribe fought on the side of the English against the French. Learn more about the Iroquois. Where did they live? Describe their lifestyle and customs. Who were their enemies? Why were they called “The Five Nations"?
You may choose to have this research done in small groups and have expectations and objectives such as:
1. Written report with references cited
2. Oral presentation using note cards with facts
3. Constructing a longhouse
4. Drawing and coloring a map of the Iroquois land
5. Making a costume similar to what the Iroquois wore
Encourage a variety of references both online and from the library. Here are some books that may serve as good references:
The Divided Ground: Indians, settlers, and the northern borderline of the American Revolution by Allen Taylor
The Iroquois by Raymond Bial
The Iroquois by Petra Press
Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
The Iroquois by Lydia Bjornlund