Activity Overview

Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary related to Native American Cultural Regions of North America. Students will create a spider map illustrating and defining 3-8 terms relating to the Native American cultural regions. Each cell will contain a term, its definition and an illustration that depicts the meaning. When students define and illustrate each term, they master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon.

First Americans Migration Vocabulary

  • Culture: way of living of a group of people
  • Cultural Region: areas where people develop similar ways of life or cultures often influenced by the environment of the region
  • Artifact: an object, such as a tool or clothing, made by a group of humans
  • Nomadic: moving from place to place often with changes in the seasons, to follow sources of food
  • Migration: movement of people from one country or area of the world to a new place in another country or area
  • Environment: everything that surrounds a given area
  • Natural resource: something from nature that is useful to people, such as soil, water, vegetation and minerals
  • Adaptation: a change or adjustment in a way of life that allows people to survive in a particular environment
  • Climate: the weather in a place over time
  • Geography: land and bodies of water of a place
  • Agriculture: the practice of planting and raising food
  • Hunter-gatherers: Obtaining food by hunting animals, fishing and collecting wild fruit, vegetables, and nuts
  • Gorge: a narrow, deep valley with steep sides
  • Mesa: a flat-topped hill with steep sides

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that illustrates and defines key words from the unit.

Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the key terms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, write the definition of the term.
  4. Create a visualization for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 5-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/6/3] Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/6/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/6/6] Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression


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Define and illustrate each of the key terms.
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The vocabulary words are correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined
The storyboard illustrations clearly depict the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The illustrations relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words but it they are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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