Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
“Ojibwe Legend of the Rainbow”
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat is the Ojibwe origin story of a Rainbow
Standards and PracticesRL1.1 Ask and answer questions about key/supporting details in a text before, during, and after reading.
RL3.1 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key/supporting details.
RL7.1 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
W.5.1 With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and
suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
SL1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
a. Follow agreed upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a
time about the topics and texts under discussion).
b. Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Staging the QuestionHow do legends help us understand the natural world?
Supporting Question 1 
What is an example of an Ojibwe Legend?
Formative Performance Task
Students will gather in a circle on the floor in front of a Smartboard. Begin discussion of rainbows…what do we know about rainbows? Do we know any stories that include rainbows? Share about legends…do we know any legends?
Show a map of ND, (use the website tribal affiliation map) and talk about where Turtle Mountain is. Explain that we will be hearing a legend about how the rainbow came to be from an Elder named Dan Jerome from Turtle Mountain. Show his picture on the website.
Share the “Legend of the Rainbow” video. Talk about what happened in the story after…who are the characters,
where does it take place, what important events happened?
Talk about how each flower became an important part of the rainbow. Each of us is important and beautiful just like the flowers in the story. What do you think is something special about you? (Give examples: I’m good at basketball. I give great hugs., etc.)
Hand out a copy of the writing paper and have each student, with help from adults and peers, write a sentence about what makes them special. Have them share their sentence with a partner and ask for feedback of something else they could add to their sentence. Copy the final sentence at the bottom of the page.
If time, share the video of Dan Jerome talking about identity below.
Featured Sources This site is where the ND map is found. This site is for the story of the rainbow. This site is for the video of Dan Jerome.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Have students share their sentences out loud to their peers. Play soft music in the background as each student shares the thing that makes them special.
Have a group discussion about what was shared at the end. Students can add things that they see in each other
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionCompile a book of the sentences written by the students that they can read in the classroom. Have them illustrate their sentences.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationAsk students how it feels when someone acknowledges something special in them. Ask if they think they could help someone else notice something they do well or are good at. Challenge students to
notice something good in another person in the school and seek them out to share it with them.
Have a class discussion about how it goes.
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