This lesson is a thematic unit geared at kindergarten students, with the lesson focused on identifying and naming parts of the body in Navajo and English. The lesson will begin with teachers and students making a KWL chart.
The teacher questions the students about body part terms to find out if they know more of the words in Navajo or English. The lesson will begin with focusing on the language the students know best.
Students trace their body shapes on butcher paper. Then they glue on body part pictures provided by the teacher in the outline they have drawn. Students will then label the parts in both Navajo and English.
Students will examine a Hyperstudio stack created by the teacher that has a few cards containing a digital picture of a body part with its Navajo and English names in text. When students click on the words, they can hear the Navajo or English names. Students will then create new cards of body parts of their choosing.
This lesson will be used for introduction of body part names in Navajo and English.
The Navajo language is very complex in terms of "whose" body part you are talking about. In this lesson, the focus will be on the individual self; pronunciation of the word will be for the personal self only. For example: Eyes - I'nna.