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Rainy Brake

Cherokee, NC, United States

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Traditional Stories meet Science Education

Cherokee Culture Bird Watch

I teach at a Cherokee language immersion program. Our school is dedicated to revitalizing Cherokee language and culture. I teach 1st-3rd grade science and social studies. A large part of our science curriculum is teaching our students traditional stories and knowledge of a variety of animals, including birds.

We have several traditional stories about birds, such as How the Red Bird Got its Color. Each week, we introduce a new traditional story. Each story is used to teach both an animal identification and a moral (i.e. this story would teach about cardinals and pride). Thus, it ties together our science and our character study curriculum. Students spend the week learning about the bird's physical appearance, habits, and habitat. Then, on Fridays, we go on nature walks to try to spot our new bird friends.

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