Igloos to Adobe
Grades 2–5, 60 Minutes
Integrates with studies of
- First peoples & Native peoples, including the Wampanoag
- Human interaction with the environment and natural resources
- Basic needs: food, clothing and shelter
Explore cultural diversity and history among Native peoples in the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and Arctic. Through guided discovery, students investigate food, clothing, and homes to understand how environment influences people and their culture. This presentation encourages student participation, including discussion and handling artifacts. The class takes place in the Change and Continuity: Hall of the North American Indian galleries.
“The program was wonderful, as in the past. It did a great job of presenting both an overview of how environment affected ways of life, but also went into concrete examples from a few regions. It was very interactive, which kept the students’ attention.”
- Free Teacher Guide contains new vocabulary, readings, and activities such as investigating how the Inuit adapted to the bright Arctic sun.
- Exhibit Extras engages students and chaperones during their visit.
- Gallery Hunt
Conservation Clues! explores conservation science and the behind-the-scenes role of conservators.
- Current Exhibitions shows what's on view right now.
- Watch a video on the Multimedia page: the story of the enormous totem poles currently featured in the gallery where Igloos to Adobe is taught. The video is also on view in the gallery.