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First Long Islanders: Original Native American Inhabitants

from The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

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In this interactive video conference, students will 'travel back in time' and explore how Native Americans interacted with the environment in their everyday lives on Long Island, NY. Our trained instructor will guide your students through an interactive discussion focusing on natural resources and family roles within the Algonquian culture.

This program focuses on a group of Native Americans that resided on the North Shore of Long Island over 3,000 years ago. The program is based upon research from an actual archeological dig, as well as the consultation of a renowned Long Island archeologist. The instructor uses artifacts during the lesson and discusses the Native American's interaction with the natural world, primarily native plants, animals and minerals. The lesson is in real time and allows for live interaction between the school and WMHO's trained instructor.

Students will discover the answers to the following questions - "How did the Native Americans use the environment and their resources to improve their lives?" and "What was each family member's contribution to the survival of the group?"

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00


45 minutes with question and answer session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, ParentPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more then 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please Note: Two weeks notice is required for all cancellations and re-schedules without penalty.

About This Provider

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The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Stony Brook, NY
United States

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology by featuring videoconferencing programs in Coastal Ecology, History and Literacy.

All programs are in aligned to National and New York State Learning Standards and can be tailored to appropriate age levels.

The educational programs are taught by qualified instructors and are reimbursable through Nassau and Suffolk BOCES Arts-In-Education Program.

Deborah Boudreau

Program Details


Facilitator Greeting

Introduction - The instructor will orient the students to the North Shore of Long Island, NY and the region of the archelogical dig.

Lesson - The instructor will discuss the Native American's interaction with the natural world. Artifacts will be utilized and the program will specifically focus on the mineral, plant, and animal worlds. In addition, the role of Algonquian family members will be discussed.

Conclusion (3 minutes) The program will conclude with a question and answer session. The class will be encouraged to continue the exploration of the subject with the post lesson activities provided.


Students will:

- Learn how the Native Americans used the environment and their resources to survive and improve their lives

- Learn about the contribution of each family member to the survival of the group

- Research and learn about the Algonquian culture

Standards Alignment

National Standards

What are important responsibilities of Americans?
How can citizens take part in civic life?

Productive resources are the natural resources, human resources, and capital goods available to make goods and services. Natural resources, such as land, are "gifts of nature;" they are present without human intervention. Human resources are the quantity and quality of human effort directed toward producing goods and services.
Like individuals, governments and societies experience scarcity because human wants exceed what can be made from all available resources.
Allocation of Goods and Resources:
People in all economies must address three questions: What goods and services will be produced? How will these goods and services be produced? Who will consume them?
To determine the best level of consumption of a product, people must compare the additional benefits with the additional costs of consuming a little more or a little less.
Role of Money:
The basic money supply in the United States consists of currency, coins, and checking account deposits.

State Standards

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