MI:WE
A Zuni Corn Unit
Team Members:
Anthony Pucci, Ronnie Ladon,
Ophelia Barber and Louisa Tekela
Description of the Students and
the Community
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Family
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Family structures
Languages
Socio-economic Status
Village
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Cultural/Religious Hub
Historic
Education
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Early Childhood
Public Schools
Parochial Schools
Higher Education
Business
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Small Businesses
Franchises
Cottage Industries
Community Services
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Medical Services
Tribal Entities
Supportive Services
Factors That Affect Student
Learning
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Family
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Role Models
Basic Necessities
Language
Peers
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Positive/Negative
Family Influences
Teacher
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Values and Attitudes
Teaching Styles
Respect Cultural
Identities
Community
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Role Models
Higher Education
Negative Influences
Culture
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Religious Ceremonies
Participation
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Negative/Positive
Self-Awareness/Identity
Thematic Unit –Mi:we
Math
Language
Arts
Social
Studies
Science
Mini-Lesson: Math
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Objectives:
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Affective: TSW recognize the
importance of proper
planning.
Cognitive: TSW divide up a
parcel of land for growing
corn and calculate how many
stalks they can plant and how
many kernels they will need to
plant the whole parcel.
Psychomotor: TSW draw a
diagram of the land and where
they will plant each group of
three kernels.
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Materials
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Plain white paper
Ruler
Dried Corn Kernels =
120 per child (Popcorn
Kernels)
Technology
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Overhead Projector
Mini-Lesson:
Math: Assessments
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Oral
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Engage in a discussion
about personal
experiences involving
hard work
Explain to small group
why planning is
important
Written
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Students will show
multiplication and
division calculations
Project
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Students will draw a grid
with specific
measurements and glue 3
kernels to each spot they
would plant in real life.
Mini-Lesson: L.A./Reading
Miwe dap A:wan Haydoshna:we (Corn and Its Uses)
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Objectives:
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Cognitive: Understand and
use new words and name
the colors of the corn and
its uses
Affective/Psychomotor:
Express understanding
through creative writing,
critical thinking, and
illustration
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Materials:
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Zuni Corn Grinding
Song / Journeys Home
Book
Idonapshe (Lets Eat)
Traditional Zuni Foods
Book
Various charts
Technology:
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Computers (Word)
Mini-Lesson: Language Arts and
Reading: Assessments
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Assessment/Evaluation
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Participation/oral reading and discussion of questions
Writing
ESL Strategies
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Create a climate in the classroom that shows students that their first
language (Zuni) is valued and is a an important channel for learning
Provide step by step instruction of what is expected
Individualizing and modifying class work to meet the learning needs of the
students
Ask open questions to monitor comprehension
Relate instruction to real life experiences building on prior knowledge
Accompany vocabulary words with charts, concrete objects and pictures to
convey verbal explanations in meaning
Mini-Lesson: Social Studies
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Objective
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Affective: TSW
recognize the importance
of corn as a main staple
in the Zuni diet.
Cognitive: TSW identify
and describe four Zuni
cuisines made from corn,
Psychomotor: TSW
produce and share a Zuni
cuisine using corn.
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Materials
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Ground blue/white corn,
corn husks, juniper ashes,
salt, lard, mutton, chile,
coriander, cooking utensils,
flat stone, oven, and cedar.
Community resources
Technology
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Audio/Video describing the
steps involved in preparing
a native cuisine.
Mini-Lesson:
Social Studies: Assessments
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Class reflection on group
presentations
Discussion
Group evaluation
Participation
Self-evaluation
Mini-Lesson: Science
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Objective
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Affective: Students will learn
about the Zuni monsoon
season.
Cognitive: Students will
recognize the signs of weather 
changes in the sky.
Psychomotor: Students will
demonstrate the procedures
for planting during the
monsoon season.
Materials
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Seeds for planting. Farm
utensils, diagrams
showing where to plant
the different seeds.
Technology
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Rain gages, weather
vanes, daily weather
reports
Mini-Lesson:
Science: Assessments
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Students will be assessed
by keeping daily reports
on the growth of plants.
Draw pictures of the
plants that have been
planted.
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Labeling of each row that
has been planted.
Measurement of the rain
fall and reading of the
barometric pressures.
Multicultural Teaching
Techniques and ESL Adaptations
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KWL Charts
Hands-On
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Oral Learning
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Guest Speakers
Audio/Visual
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Samples/Products of Corn
Game Piece Construction
Charts & Posters
Corn Grinding Song
Classroom Environment
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Culturally Relevant
Multicultural Teaching
Assessment Techniques
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Self-Evaluations
Discussions
Participation
KWL Completion
Individual Conferences
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