Jingle Dancer Author Visit

Class Room

Dancing Girl

Raise your hand if you like to read... all of us who love to read know books help you use your imagination and show you different people and places all over the world. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3rd grade students met the author, Cynthia Leitich Smith as she read her story about a girl who lives in the state of Oklahoma, whose family is part of a American Indian tribe called the Muscogee Creek Nation. San Diego is also home to many American Indian tribes, like the Kumeyaay and the Luiseno Indians. After the author presentation, students had a chance to see and learn more about them, too!

  • After our author presentation, there was a special performance by a group of dancers called the Soaring Eagles.

The Soaring Eagles are an award-winning Native American Indian cultural dance group from San Diego County. The Soaring Eagles educational programs are designed to heal and strengthen traditional American tribal family values and instill a sense of belonging to the American inter-tribal urban community through cultural awareness and friendship.

  • Dance

    Two Dancers

    Dance Class

    Dancing Girl

  • Post Reception:

    • Students will be able to explore the Kumeyaay artifacts on display. These artifacts are on loan from the San Diego History Center's Education Department, so please be careful with them.
    • Finally, each student will be given a goodie bag on the way out. Each bag has a special craft kit and instructions inside so that you can make your own jingle bracelet at home!

    Post reception (1:47 - 2:15)

    • Author signing

    • Goodie bag giveaway - make and take anklet or bracelet craft -
      Download Jingle Craft Instructions

    • Explore San Diego History Center Kumeyaay artifacts on display

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