Eighth graders get hands-on look at Native American life

Eighth grade students in Eric Eaton’s North Carolina History class had the opportunity to experience some hands-on activities as part of their study of early North Carolina Native Americans.

Students studied the government, foodways, tools and pottery of some of North Carolina’s earliest residents.

Students made coil clay pots, ground corn using stone tools and created gill nets for fishing.  Students used artifacts, primary source documents and digital resources to gain better understanding and appreciation of the native cultures that flourished in our state prior to contact with the Europeans.

Many in the class commented that they never realized how difficult daily living and survival was hundreds of years ago.
“Hands-on, experiential teaching helps students make stronger connections with what they read and see,” said Eaton. “Students need these opportunities to make learning real.”