CCS Students Learn About Long Island Native American History

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Fourth grade students in Nancy Ponzini’s class at Charles Campagne Elementary School in the Bethpage School District learned about the lives of Native Americans through a program sponsored by the Long Island Center for Arts and Sciences on Dec. 13. 

The program corresponded with the fourth-grade social studies curriculum and revolved around teaching students about the lifestyles of Native Americans on Long Island. Long Island Center for Arts and Science representative Lynn Quigley brought different artifacts and tools for the students to identify and learn their purpose. 

The students then created a Native American pinch pot.  Pinch pots are created from clay and get their name by the tactic of using one’s thumbs to form a small bowl. Traditionally, the pinch pots were embellished with things found in nature like corn kernels and bird seeds. Charles Campagne students did the same! After the clay dried, the students were able to take the piece home with them to remind them of the important lesson of their home’s history. 

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