Posted by: ad65shorty | November 19, 2012

Native Americans: Cornmeal

Background:

Corn was a very important staple of both the Pilgrim’s and the Indian’s lives. The Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, as well as other crops. They taught them to put a piece of fish in with each corn seed to help fertilize the corn, or to help it grow. The Indians also taught the Pilgrims how to grind the corn and make corncakes and cornbread.

They also believed there was a God that blessed their crops. They would make a prayer stick to put with the corn and fish to ensure the God’s blessing.

Activity:

Make cornbread. I like to buy the Jiffy mix, but you could do this anyway you wanted. I like to have the kids feel the cornmeal and talk about what they’re experiencing.

It’s also fun to have them make a prayer stick. These are made by decorating a popsicle stick or tongue depressor and attaching a feather to the top using yarn. They then place it the dirt near a plant that they want to grow (Sorry that my prayer stick is not in a plant; we have no plants around our house at the moment!).

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