Indigenous Peoples of NYS

Students share what they already know

“It was just the Corn Moon!” “They also had a Wolf Moon!” “And a Strawberry Moon!” Sharon Paige’s Katonah Elementary School fourth graders were bursting with information about Native Americans of New York—and not just their practice of naming full moons to reflect the rhythms of the natural world.

Their study was part of fourth grade social studies focus on New York State’s history and its indigenous peoples.

The social studies lesson began by Paige showing the class a big map of New York State, and where the Algonquin and the Iroquois peoples lived. The students were excited to locate Katonah, too.