Learning about the Ohlone

Third graders presented their findings on Ohlone life and culture to their class in social studies.
This year’s Ohlone Unit launched with an adventure out to the Lands End Lookout. Along the way, teachers highlighted native plants important to Ohlone life, like oak trees, coyote brush, and poison oak. The students also saw native species such as red-tailed hawks, cormorants, pelicans, and seagulls. 

Upon arriving at the trail's end, students went on an imaginary field trip by listening to a story of what the land might’ve looked like 1,000 years ago. Students considered the question, “What would you see, hear, feel, and smell sitting here during the times of the original Ohlone settlements?”

As they continued their study, students worked in small groups to read fact sheets on different aspects of Ohlone daily life and created posters about what they learned, writing down facts and questions, gluing photos, and practicing for their presentations. Did you know that the Ohlone had air fresheners? How about that they were not impacted by poison oak? There was much to learn, and third graders were curious and excited to share their knowledge and learn from each other! 
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