Lessons Two and Three

Comparing Calendars

Lesson two compares the current calendar with the calendar of the Salish Pend-d’Oreille.  A calendar is provided for you in your curriculum binder, and you are asked to provide a school calendar to compare.

  1. Compare and contrast the two calendars
  2. How are each calendar organized?
  3. Are there any natural patterns to either calendar?

Students are then asked to watch a 30 min. video.  This video demonstrates how the Salish Pend d’Oreille calendar was set up, and what it means to have a strong connection to a place, so strong in fact that it provided the knowledge that enabled the tribes to survive in the physical world.  This video can be found on the DVD that accompanies the curriculum binder.

Lesson three asks students to further explore the plant and animal species described in the Salish-Pend d’Oreille calendar.  From this research, students are asked to prepare an Animal Plant Resource Report and become experts on their specific plant or animal.  Be sure to reinforce that seasons organized life and daily activities, not a 12 month Gregorian calendar.


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