The Legend of the Lady Slipper Activity
based on the Ojibwe legend as told by Lise Lunge-Larsen and Marge Preus

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1. This is a legend of the Ojibwe people. Underline the continent where the Ojibwe people live.

South American North America Europe Asia

Underline the name of the continent on which you live.

Europe Australia Africa North America

 

2. During her walk, the girl must have been wishing for a fire.
Write the Ojibwe word for fire.

 

 

3. Ojibwe children are born into a clan. There were 7 clans. The child was taught the special skills of their clan.

Which clan do you think the little girl belonged to?

If you could choose to belong to a clan, which would you choose? Why?

 

 

4. Your class will be building a wigwam. Make a list of the materials will you need.

 

 

.5. The northern lights appear in the night sky. What causes the northern lights?

 

I have never seen them. Have you ever seen the northern lights?

Offline Survey - What percentage of your classmates have seen the Northern Lights?

 

6. The PTO wants to donate some lady's slipper plants to your school. Read this page about where the plants can be grown.
(Note the important facts about the plants' habitat.) Pink Lady Slipper info

Can they live outside at your school?

Where should they be planted at your school so they can thrive?

 

 

7. The heroine crosses the frozen lake in the story. Was this wise or foolish? Explain

 

 

8. Andrea Arroyo illustrated the story.
Where was she born?

 

Where does she live now?

 

9. In the story, the little girl goes for the plants needed to make a medicine.
We make medicines from plants, too.
How do people use
the cranberry to help them be healthy?

 

 

Take the challenge!
Write a letter to the little girl in the story telling what you think about her life and her adventure.

Extras:

Read The Frogs And The Crane - what is the lesson? The Birchbark House Activities - learn about the Ojibwe people
Plants tour - Learn about how important plants are to people Children of the Longhouse Activities - learn about the Mohawk people
Pow Wow dances Which dance would be of interest to the girl? Outstanding Native Americans 4th up
Print and color this Lady Slipper image Exploring Native Americans 6th up
Join On the trail of the First People - Miss the deadline? Start one using the model Aurora activity
Put on The Hidden One play
The Story of Polly Cooper helping General Washington Watch Green Thumbs video - future channel Conduct the experiment. What are your findings?

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