The History Academy
The History Academy
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This card sort is designed to help students understand the belief system of the Native Americans. This activity is suitable to the full range of abilities as a starter or mini plenary. It could even be used as a homework activity to help consolidate learning.

The resource includes four headings, CIRCLES. SPIRITS, LAND, FARMING & MINING. Students are then expected to sort through fourteen key Native American beliefs and practices and match them to the correct headings. I have deliberately included some cross over to make the activity more challenging for gifted and talented students. These students could draw a link between some of the cards and other headings that they match.

Objective: Card Sort: What were the beliefs of the Native Americans and how did they overlap?

Instruction: Cut out the cards below and sort the different Native American beliefs under the different headings.

Theme: What was the American West?
Know: What did Native Americans believe?
Understand: How were these ideas linked to circles, land and the ‘Spirit World.’
Analyse: begin to compare these ideas and work out which ones could possibly conflict with European beliefs?

Identify: What were the key Native American beliefs?
Describe: What native Americans believed by matching the cards successfully?
Explain: How the beliefs were matched to their ideas on circles, the Spirit World and land.
Analyse: Begin to form a judgement on why Native American beliefs came into conflict with those of the European settlers?

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