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November marks the beginning of Native American Month here in the second grade room. This week we focused on the Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts. We learned that early Wampanoags lived in wigwams--which they called "wetus". We made our own wetus in class and wrote about the people in our own family tribes.
In the kitchen we made Succotash and Journey Cakes, which are both Wampanoag foods. Succotash is simply beef, corn, and kidney beans sauteed on the stove top, but we were surprised at just how much the kids loved it! Journey Cakes are another corn based food and reminded the kids of pancakes. Essentially, that's what they were: cornbread pancakes. They were also a big hit!