Creek Indian Lesson Plan


Overview & Purpose


Using visual representation (wattle and daub house) of housing structures of Creek Indians, the students will learn about and be able to identify aspects of Creek culture.

Georgia Performance Standards Addressed


SS2H2a. SS2G2b.

Objectives


The objective of this lesson (taken from the Our State Social Studies text) is to help enable students to describe the Creek culture of the past, including homes, clothing, and ways of making a living using local natural resources. The students will be able to describe how physical characteristics had an impact on the Creek way of life.
Wattle and Daub Housing Structure Materials:

Crayola Air-Dry Clay (white) Aluminum mesh wire

Water-color paints Straw

2ft x 2ft Styrofoam board sticks broken into even lengths




Verification


Using the mock wattle and daub house, I will reiterate facts about the Creek lifestyle. While modeling features of the housing structure (the “thatched” roof, the wooden supports inside, etc.), I will mix in facts about things like the farming practices of the Creek, the community lifestyle, and gender roles in the Creek society.

Other Resources

(e.g. Web, books, etc.)

Here are some websites describing and showing wattle and daub houses.

http://www.aaanativearts.com/cherokee/cherokee-houses.htm AAANativearts.com

http://www.greatdreams.com/native/nativehsg.htm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/637711/wattle-and-daub

Activity

As an activity for this lesson, students will use crayons, markers, and paper to draw a plan for a Creek town. Using pages 36 & 37 of the text (which has a drawing of a Creek town), students will label sections of the town: Plaza and playing field, Roundhouse, Garden, and Family homes and storehouses.

Summary


To summarize the lesson plan I will go over the main ideas of the section again: The stories of the Creek Indians are part of Georgia’s history; The Creek lived in many parts of Georgia. They usually built their towns and villages along rivers such as the Ocmulgee;

Summary continued


The Creek lived in towns of 400 to 600 people. Around these towns were smaller villages; The Creek built their houses with things found in nature; The Creek got food by farming, gathering, hunting, and fishing; The Creek used some plants and animals for more than food.