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Grade 3 Recreates a Kumeyaay Village

As part of their study of one of San Diego’s largest indigenous Native American tribes, students in Grade 3 are recreating a traditional Kumeyaay village.

This is just one part of a multi-phase project using the design-thinking model to address the central question of how Native Americans used natural resources.

Our resident “building expert” Mr. Jacobs visited the class to help students with the construction process.

Some students made fire rings out of branches, rocks, and brush, while others used native grasses to demonstrate weaving styles used in clothing and textiles.

This hands-on learning helped give students a more tangible understanding of some aspects of the lives of indigenous tribes.


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