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Family 27/Fifth Grade


Hello all, 

My Name is Deborah Mendoza-Flette. I have been teaching elementary students for 20 years. I always look forward to meeting my new class and am sad to see them leave at the end of the year. 

Recently, I married my wonderful husband Brian who you might see once in a while. We welcomed our baby girl Isabel on November 30, 2018. 

While my home family is my priority, I always have time for my Melrose family. Feel free to email me any time or schedule a time to visit.

2019-2020 will be a great year!


                           Mrs. F

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Essential Question: Where and How Did American Indians Live Before the Arrival of Europeans?

Research/Inquiry Project

Show what life was like...
A museum has asked you to design a display case for an American Indian group of your choice. Create a poster, diorama, or slideshow to showcase this group’s daily life, including how the group obtained water, food, tools, clothing, and shelter. Show depictions of the group’s religious and/or cultural traditions, government, and economy. Prepare a museum plaque to describe the visual. Then prepare a two-minute presentation.

Here’s your project checklist.

  • ●  Analyze the task. Make sure you understand what you are expected to do.

  • ●  Choose an American Indian group from Lessons 2-5. (Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, Apache, Pomo, Cahuilla, Serrano, Chemehuevi, Yurok, Miwok, Tlingit, Makah, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Sioux, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa, Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Catawba, Natchez, Choctaw, Mohawk, Narragansett, Seneca, Pequot, Iroquois, Oneida)

  • ●  Conduct research into the group’s culture. Take notes. Pay attention to the most important details and the most surprising/interesting facts about your chosen culture.

  • ●  Create a poster, diorama, or slideshow to show important information to visitors.

  • ●  Write a plaque for your visual.

  • ●  Include important points about the culture in a two-minute

    presentation. Explain the group’s culture and traditions, as well as its way of life.


Tips for Presenting:

  • ●  Be sure to prepare and stay on topic when you speak.

  • ●  Speak slowly and clearly so everyone can hear you.

  • ●  Make eye contact and speak directly to your audience.

  • ●  Point to your poster, diorama, or slideshow often, using it to illustrate

    the details in your presentation.

  • ●  Answer questions from your audience.

    Use these questions to evaluate your project:

  • ●  Did I include the most important details about the American Indian

    group I chose?

  • ●  Did I consider the group’s cultural and religious traditions?

  • ●  Did I create a poster, diorama, or slideshow that is easy to understand?

  • ●  Did I create a two-minute presentation that summed up my research in

    a clear way?

  • ●  Did I speak slowly and clearly so my audience could understand me?

Assigned: 09/30/19 Category: Project Points: 0 Due: 10/21/19
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