Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
“Counting in Lakota”
NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”
Compelling QuestionIs counting important in all cultures?
Standards and PracticesK.CC.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities up to 20; connect counting to cardinality.
a. Use one to one correspondence when counting objects.
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects
counted, regardless of their arrangement or order in which they were
c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is
one more

K.CC.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions.
a. Tell how many objects up to 20 are in an arranged pattern (e.g., a line or an
array) or up to 10 objects in a scattered configuration.
b. Represent a number of objects up to 20 with a written numeral.
c. Given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

K.CC.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, using groups of up to 10 objects
Staging the QuestionSing the Lakota Counting Song. In what ways did Tribal people understand the system of counting?
Supporting Question 1 
Who knows what it means to count? Why is it important to be able to count? How many different ways can we count (claps, stomp, objects, writing, song). What is a number? 
Formative Performance Task
Students listen to LLC Counting Song
Students rote count to 10 in Lakota/Dakota as a group.
Teacher asks students what are different ways we can count things:
Students explore different ways to count using cultural items:
– Marks on a stick – each student gets a stick with 10 marks/notches on it. Students count the markings on the stick in Native Language
– Beads on a string – each student gets a string with 10 beads on it. Students count the beads on the string in Native Language
– Fingers – Students count their fingers
– Series of images (winter count) – students count the number of events on the winter count.
Featured Sources
Materials needed:
Bugle beads
Sticks with notches
Sample winter count or waniyetu wowapi

Lakota Language Consortium Counting Song

Lakota Spelling of numbers
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students sing the Lakota Counting Song to a group at a parent event or for teachers. 
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionHave student count as high as they can in Lakota without error. 
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationStudents learn to use their knowledge outside of the classroom by counting the Windows in their house and report back to class in Lakota/Dakota/Native Language how many they have.
Students pick a family member or person they know and teach them to count to 10. 
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