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Students make models of indigenous homes


Fourth-grade students in Mary Vitale’s and Brittany Katz’s classes at Barnum Woods Elementary School in the East Meadow School District recently constructed longhouse models, inspired by the homes of the Eastern Woodland Indians of New York.

The students applied their learning of Native American anthropology and archaeology, which is a focus in the fourth grade social studies curriculum, to this hands-on lesson. Working together, they engineered, planned and designed the traditional homes. The culminating projects were a great success and allowed students to work collaboratively in teams while bringing “learning to life.”

—Brian Stieglitz