A 2nd Grade Report on The Chickasaw Nation

Second grade is not what it used to be. Lola has had a few school projects so far this year, including building a solar cooker (thank God my husband is an engineer) that actually worked well enough to cook a s’more. The latest is a report on an Indian tribe of her choice. She chose the Chickasaw Nation and checked a book out of the school library for the project. It’s called The Chickasaw Nation by Karen Bush Gibson.

In addition to the book, we also found several websites to be helpful. We started here, at the official site of the Chickasaw Nation. We also enjoyed the story of the Dream Catcher and discovered this great fact sheet about the Chickasaw tribe for kids. Here we learned about a composer whose name is Impichchaachaaha. Lola was fascinated by the word and its meaning and is looking forward to explaining it to her class. We also enjoyed reading about Chickasaw foods, including the 3 sisters, beans, corn and squash, and Lola’s favorite, fried bread.  We may have to try this recipe:

Fry Bread Recipe:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup warm water or milk

Sift first three ingredients together and stir in beaten egg. Add water or milk to make soft dough. Round up on lightly floured cloth or bread board. Knead lightly. Roll or pat out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips about 2 x 3 inches and slit center. Drop into deep fat. Brown on both sides. Serve hot. Good with pinto beans, stew or syrup.

In addition to the written part of the report, Lola chose to do a speech on her tribe as opposed to a Powerpoint, a poster or a diorama. Frankly, we worked on this today, when it is due tomorrow, and the speech seemed like the fastest last-minute option. And Lola loved the idea, because she loves to talk and explain things to people. So, in addition to the images in her written report, we also printed out a handful of images for her to use during her presentation. Here is our more-or-less finished project.

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