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Lone Dog's Winter Count

This teaching poster, developed for grades 4–8, is 2' x 3' with a lesson plan and reproducible student activity sheets on the back. Students learn about the oral culture and history—keeping of the Nakota people, creators of the Lone Dog winter count.

Resource Information

grades   4 5 6 7 8
Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Sioux, Yanktonais
English Language Arts, History, Social Studies
North America, Plains
oral tradition, pictograph, Plains pictorial art, Sioux, winter count, history
Essential Understandings More Close

1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.


Academic Standards More Close

Common Core State Standards

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (High School)–National Council for the Social Studies

I. Culture.
Knowledge–Culture refers to the socially transmitted behaviors, beliefs, values, traditions, institutions, and ways of living together of a group of people.

II. Time, Continuity, and Change.
Knowledge–That learning about the past requires the interpretation of sources, and that using varied sources provides the potential for a more balanced interpretive record of the past.

College, Career, & Civic Life–C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.

Use other historical sources to infer a plausible maker, date, place of origin, and intended audience for historical sources where this information is not easily identified.