Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprintâ„¢
All About Smudging
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 3 “Sharing & Generosity”, NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhy do Native Americans Smudge?
Standards and PracticesSOC.6_12.1-2.D2.1 Define and provide examples of culture. SOC.6_12.1-2.D2.2 Explain the
relationship between culture and society.
SOC.6_12.1 Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to develop an understanding of
different perspectives of sociology.
SS- Domain 3: Disorders, Therapies and Treatments, PSY.6_12.1-3.D3.3 Explain the types of
treatments available.
Health Standard 7 Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or
reduce health risks.
Health Standard 8 Demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Staging the QuestionHow does Smudging help our wellness?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
What is Smudging? What Medicines are used? When do people smudge?What does stereotype mean? Why does it smell like Marijuana?What does Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellness mean?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Students will watch the Youtube video below.
Students will research and answer the questions above in their journals.
Group project:  Students will use the questions above to begin a safe conversation about stereotypes.
Groups will research how different cultures have stereotypes about them that are not who they really are.
Research Mindfulness and Meditation practices of different cultures.
How does Mindfulness and Meditation help?
Students will document their research
Featured SourcesFeatured SourcesFeatured Sources
Native American Smudging
How to Smudge:
5 Myths of About Native Americans

Scholarly Articles for Stereotypes of Native Americans.
How Do Cultural Factors Influence the Teaching and Practice of Mindfulness and Compassion in Latin Countries?

How Mindfulness Differs Across the World
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students will go out and pick wild sage and be provided with the teachings of taking care of Mother Earth and each other through the use of Smudging.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionGuest Speaker:  offer tobacco to a knowledgeable person to come in and share their knowledge and teachings of Smudging.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationStudents will create a wellness and mindfulness plan for the school so that everyone has an opportunity at gaining mental health support in and out of the school.

Disclaimer:  Educators are encouraged to use these lessons as a guide, especially when it comes to capturing standards and required content for their instructional disciplines.  Adapt, synthesize, abbreviate, and incorporate are just some of the encouraging words to educators to USE any of the NDNAEU lessons to make them their own. 
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