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Teaching Unit for Primary Grades K-3


1. To listen to a Tlingit legend about killerwhale.

2. To learn to read a Tlingit legend about the killerwhale.

3. To learn some Tlingit words:

aas tree
at gooshée dorsal fin
eech reef, rock
éek beach, tideland
éil' sea, ocean, salt water
héen water
káa man
kéet killerwhale
kéidladee seagull
néech beach
oox teeth
shaltláax reef above high tide level, usually covered with grass and moss
xáay yellow cedar
yaakw large canoe
yán hemlock; may also mean shore

4. To develop some Tlingit language by using simple sentence patterns -identity statements: e.g. Daa sawé? _________ awé.
Substitute the nouns listed in aim number 3.

5. To find out what real killerwhales look like.

6. To locate killerwhale design in local area: e.g. totem poles, artifacts in stores, museum, home, etc.

7. To recognize killerwhale design by dorsal fin and sharp teeth.

8. To make a picture of killerwhale design or clay form. Be sure children understand that dorsal fin identifies killerwhale.

9. To play identification game using picture of beach (overhead projector) as review of Tlingit vocabulary developed in aims 3 and 4.

10. To take a field trip to museum to find killerwhale motif.

11. To make a design of killerwhale teeth ________ as used in basket weaving.

12. To look at pictures of killerwhales and other sea life in boods.

13. To plan and execute field trip to nearby beach and collect objects for science corner.

14. To invite interested parents to share with child Tlingit legend, dance, artifact, etc., at any time during development of unit.