The kids were missing lapbooks and were excited to have one to do for this topic. We did an Iroquois Indians lapbook by Jimmie (jimmiescollage.com). It is found at Homeschool Share. http://www.homeschoolshare.com/if_you_lived_with_the_iroquois.php
It is based on the book, If You Lived with the Iroquois Indians, but we didn’t have that book. We used the pieces and used our books and the internet to fill them out. There are more pieces available than we made.
We didn’t do our longhouse the same way as Jimmie did. At homeschool share you can see hers. We made our long house out of construction paper and attached long sides which fold in (accordion style).
Then inside the longhouse we made a little pocket by just folding up some paper and slipped inside the piece about longhouses.
One site with information about the Iroquois is http://www.bigorrin.org/iroquois_kids.htm
We read: The Courage of Sarah Nobel, The Sign of the Beaver, Alone Yet Not Alone and Indian Captive. The last two are based on true stories of girls taken captive by Indians. In the first one, the girl keeps her faith and escapes. In the second one, the girl forgets her faith and remains. The last one isn’t meant to be sad, but what could be sadder? And when I say “we”, I mean I read the books and my kids read the books. We can read so much quickly because everyone reads on their own. I don’t have reading as part of school time. All I do is put out a book. Basically as soon as they pick it up, they don’t put it down until it’s read. 🙂
A warning about The Sign of the Beaver and actually Moccasin Trail talks about the same thing…there is a ritual when males come of age where they have to go out by themselves until they receive their helper, usually in the form of an animal. This helper will remain with them for the rest of their lives to protect them and help them in battle. This is really a form of demonization. This is something to discuss with your kids if they read these books. You’ll want to make sure they don’t get fascinated by it. I let my kids read about it and have talked to them about it, but they were already very aware of the spiritual realm. We have lived among the Roma (better known as the Gypsies) for the last eight years. As a people they are very into the supernatural and we’ve learned and experienced many things we never encountered in the States. We’ve known people with “helpers” and we’ve known “helpers” to leave in Jesus’ name!