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Native American Culture and Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The history of the native tribes of North America is rich, powerful, and vital to understanding the history of our country. Take a look at these project ideas and lesson plans for teaching middle schoolers about Native American culture...
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Sacred Stories of Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A Native America in the Classroom collection provides six videos and support materials about indigenous peoples who lived throughout North, Central, and South America. Young historians are introduced to Incan and Hopi origin stories, a...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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EngageNY Grade 4 ELA Module 1A, Unit 1

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth grade teachers, you've found your starting line for ELA modules and units! Your class will begin a visual literacy exploration, where they will interpret main ideas from oral traditions and written texts. They interpret the texts...
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Native American Literature

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Celebrate and honor Native American culture with this set of graphic organizers that showcases literature like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and A Boy Called Slow as well as three other Native American literature books. Learners compare...
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The Earliest Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The ancient Native American culture groups is such a fascinating topic to teach. Provide learners with a basic understanding of the people and cultures that shaped the prehistoric Americas. Paleo-Indians, Missisipians, Clovis, Olmec,...
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Native American Indian Tribes Encountered by the Corps of Discovery

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Upper elementary learners research the various Native American nations encountered during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They work in groups researching Native American communities, prepare a slide show demonstrating various aspects of...
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Primary Sources and Protagonists: A Native American Literature Unit

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Introduce your middle schoolers to the lives of past Native Americans. First, learners work together to put photographs in a sequence. Then, using their sequence, they create stories to share with the whole class. No matter how old your...
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Native American Music: Section 2

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Take a look into the many facets, purposes, and styles of Native American music. Each slide in this well-organized presentation provides clear introductory information on the forms and functions of American tribal music. Use it to...
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Native American Culture: Counting, 1:1 Correspondence

For Teachers K Standards
Kindergarteners practice showing 1:1 correspondence while incorporating information they learned about a local Native American culture. The objects used for counting are taken from the previous day's Native American lesson plan. The...
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Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay: Using Primary vs. Secondary Sources

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Discover the rich Native American culture that existed at the time of early European exploration into the Chesapeake region through analysis of several primary and secondary sources.
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Native Americans and Natural Resources

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
North American Indian civilizations had already been in place for over 10,000 years before the arrival of European settlers. Introduce your young historians to Indian tribes that lived in the Chesapeake region in the early seventeenth...
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Native American Gender Roles in Maryland: A Second Look

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this primary source analysis worksheet, students examine Native American history to complete the graphic organizer about gender roles in Native American societies.
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The Seven Indian Reservations of Montana

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore Native American history by researching a reservation of his or her choice. They then identify the seven Native American tribes living in Montana and where they are located. If you live in a state with Indian...
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American Biography: Powhatan, Life in a Box, Revolutionary Timeline, Pathfinder

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the life of Powhatan. In this Native American history activity, 4th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents about slavery. Analysis...
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Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity,...
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1850-1874 Native Americans and Settlers

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Did Western settlers receiving free land from the Homestead Act realize it wasn't really free at all? Scholars investigate the impact Western expansion had on Native American culture in the mid-1800s. They use documents, timelines, and...
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To Honor & Comfort Native Quilting Traditions

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
"Native American history leaps boldly off the colorful quilts and patchwork designs." Learners discuss Native American identity and symbolism by reading about a variety of Native quilters and their unique art process, and participate in...
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Native Americans of the Lewis and Clark Trail

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of the Corps of Discovery expedition, class groups research the different Native American tribes Lewis and Clark encountered on their journey and share their findings with the class.
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Native Americans

For Teachers 7th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to the First Nations that inhabited the Northeast during the Age of Exploration with a series of activities designed for differentiated groups.
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American History: From Pre-Columbian to the New Millennium

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Need an online resource to supplement the paper textbook in your classroom? An all-encompassing website covers historical events throughout the last half of the second millenium, leading right up to the third. From the pre-Columbian...
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Choosing Sides: The Native Americans' Role in the American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the different roles assumed by various Native American tribes during the American Revolution. They examine the issues involved for Native Americans in choosing the British or the American side of the conflict, such as...
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The Pilgrims: European Plague in Native New England, 1616-1619

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Before the Pilgrims' arrival to New England, a vicious plague swept across New England and wiped out over 50% of the Native American people from Maine to Massachusetts. Watch a video that examines this devastation and the role it played...
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Idea Book – For Creating Lessons and Units About American Indians

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Augment a unit on the traditions and legacies of Native Americans with an informational packet. With pages that detail the tribal origins of commonly used words, a list of ways that Native American customs influenced American democracy,...
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California Missions and Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was the true impact on Native American tribes when immigrants began to seize land in Western areas, such as California? Using images created by these migrants, as well as written descriptions, class members consider the various...
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Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling

For Teachers 1st - 4th
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online....
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The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An informative video sets the context for a lesson that asks young historians to consider how cultural values influence perspective. Groups compare the attitudes reflected in a journal entry of a member of the Plymouth Colony to those of...
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A Native American Tribe

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Culminate your unit on Native American tribes with a clear, concise writing prompt. It instructs young writers to complete a report about any Native American tribe, and to include information about the belief systems and traditions of...
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Develop a Research Question

For Students 4th Standards
Once a topic for researching has been determined, the next step is to narrow down to a specific question within the topic. The second in a nine-part series on writing an informational text about Native Americans uses prior knowledge as a...
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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Earnest Research

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Incorporating research and project-based learning while celebrating Native American Heritage Month.
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Oklahoma Land Run: A Story of Relocation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was the true cost of the new state of America? A social studies instructional activity uses maps and other historical data to explore what happened to the Native American tribes during the forging of the state of Oklahoma. Learners...
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Native American Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Explore Native American music. Listen to several examples of Native American music. Locate the tribes on maps and practice pronouncing words in the Cherokee language. Write out rhythmic accompaniment or a melodic introduction.
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Native American Literature

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the...
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Native American Story Necklaces

For Teachers K - 6th
Combine a study of Native American history and art in this instructional activity. Learners discuss the importance of fetishes in Native American culture, the history of necklaces, and create their own works of art. Your class will find...
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Native Americans in Arkansas: The Quapaw

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
The Quapaw Indians of Arkansas are the focus of this American history lesson. Learners discover many aspects of the Quapaw culture, such as their dwellings, social organization, food, and how the tribe was eventually driven out of...
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The American Indian Boarding School Experience: Then and Now

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine cultural assimilation. For this Native American history lesson, students read and analyze "The Spirit Survives: The American Indian Boarding School Experience: Then and Now." Students identify how American Indian...
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Native American History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine how Chief Joseph attempted to challenge stereotypes about Native Americans. In this Native American history instructional activity, students read "An Indian's Views of Indian Affairs," and then paraphrase the selection....
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Impact of the California Missions on Native Americans

For Teachers 4th Standards
While the Spanish claimed to bring civilization to California indigenous peoples, in reality, they also brought violence and forced assimilation to European values. Primary sources, such as the reports of Catholic priests and Europeans...
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Carlisle Indian Industrial School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do policies aimed to help actually hurt? Native American boarding schools—an attempt at assimilating children of indigenous tribes into white culture—had a shattering effect on those who attended. With primary sources, including...
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The Strength of Native American Music

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What is American Roots music? Examine the relationship between music, culture, and history as it relates to America. Middle schoolers will discuss how one can use music to survive culturally. They will also discover the role of music in...
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Seven Directions: Making Connections Between Literature and American Indian History

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of...
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Reemergence of the “Vanishing Americans” ‐ Native Americans and World War II

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw...
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History of Immigration Through the 1850s

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Everyone living in the United States today is a descendant from an immigrant—even Native Americans. Learn about the tumultuous history of American immigration with a reading passage that discusses the ancient migration over the Bering...
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Lesson 1: English-Indian Encounters

For Teachers 8th - 10th
What did the English settlers think of the Native Americans inhabiting the Chesapeake region of the United States? Learners analyze a series of documents and images to determine the English perception of the local inhabitants. A great...
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Ancient Native Americans

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders investigate Native American tribes. In this Native American history lesson, 7th graders collaborate to research Internet and print sources about selected Native American tribes. Students present their finding to their...
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Early Contacts: Native American and European Women in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this colonial America lesson, students examine the relationships between Native American women and European women who encountered one another in the new colonies.
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Let's Talk About Fritz Scholder

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
By discussing and analyzing the work of artist Fritz Scholder, learners are given the opportunity to consider artistic representations of Native Americans, New Mexico, and the American Southwest. 
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Native American Heritage Month | All About the Holidays

For Students K - 4th
Watch a quick video to discover why November is Native American Heritage Month. Engaging graphics and eye-catching sound effects detail facts from the origins of the holiday to how we celebrate during the month presently. 
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Native Americans in North Carolina

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Tuscarora, Cherokee, Waxhaw, Meherrin, Catawba, Hatteras. The six Native American tribes who have lived in North Carolina are the focus of a simulation that asks class groups to research one tribe, and then to prepare a presentation that...
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Curriculum Guide For Teaching Texas History

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Follow Texas history from Native Americans all the way to the 21st Century. Teachers analyze the creation of a year-long course on Texas history and use a wide range of teaching subjects and materials to guide them through the state's...
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Native Viewpoints In Their Own Words

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the perspectives of Native Americans regarding various historical events. In this cultural diversity lesson plan, students read essays from an anthology titled Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White...
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The Settlers are Coming, but the Natives are Here

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson plan, students participate in a classroom simulation and then write paper about how the Native Americans and settlers could keep...
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Native American Cultures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
There is a lot to this Native American exploration plan, delve into it! A WebQuest focuses research with 3 expeditions (printable if resources dictate). Scholars keep track of findings on a KWL chart (consider a more note-taking specific...
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Native American Interaction with Other Peoples

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Pupils examine the relationships between Native Americans and the Europeans who settled America. In this cultural diversity lesson, students analyze primary documents and respond to essay questions regarding the relationships.
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Native American Literature Unit

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the lives of Native Americans.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze primary sources on Native Americans. 
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Native American Legends

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners research Native American legends from the American Southwest. In this Native American legends lesson, students read legends and identify the main ideas and supporting details. Learners use graphic organizers to brainstorm their...
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Colonists or Native Americans?

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students analyze the Colonial era by viewing photographs.  In this U.S. History lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide-show of numerous images representing the Colonial era of the United States.  Students practice sorting the pictures...
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We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did colonial settlement and the establishment of the United States affect Native Americans in the Chesapeake region? Your young historians will analyze contemporary and historical maps, read informational texts, and work in groups to...
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Exploring Borderlands

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What motivated Europeans to explore the New World, and what effects did their exploration have on Native American populations? The second installment of a 16-part American Passages series prompts pupils to watch a video and read several...
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Stereotyping of Native Americans

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Here is a lesson that covers the stereotyping of Native Americans in American culture is here for you. Learners see that there are many instances of stereotyping that are an accepted part of our society. After a lengthy discussion, a...
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Colonization Effects From First Encounter through US Federal Policy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine American policies. In this Native American history lesson, students compare and contrast life in America prior to colonization and following it. Students discuss policies that displaced Native Americans.
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The Young Indan Supermarket

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore the significance of buffalo to the Great Plains Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research to compare and contrast how buffalo were are valued by the Great Plains Native Americans.
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Native American Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's time for scholars to put their knowledge of primary sources to the test. A helpful assessment uses photos to test pupils' knowledge of how to analyze primary sources and determine their time periods. High school social studies...
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Indian Removal: Does History Always Reflect progress?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the idea that progress for some might not mean progress for all. In this Native American instructional activity, students recognize different viewpoints about historical events through the study of primary documents....
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Native American Stereotypes

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine Native American stereotypes. In this Native American history lesson, 11th graders complete an activity about generalizations as they analyze the provided political cartoons regarding the portrayal of Native...
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Practicing Listening and Reading Closely: The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

For Teachers 4th Standards
Thanksgiving doesn't occur only once a year for the Haudenosaunee. Weave a instructional activity about reading closely with an inspiring message about eternal gratitude for all of the elements of creation into a unit on Native American...
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Native Californians and the Portola Expedition

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was California like before the Spanish came? Class members discover the answer to the question using images of Native Americans and diaries of the early Spanish explorers. Scaffolded activities allow instructors to adapt the...
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A Life in Beads: The Stories a Plains Dress Can Tell

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Young learners discover how the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes preserved native culture through the making of traditional dresses, identifying the resources used to make the dresses and discussing behind the meaning behind some American...
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A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The Nashua River serves as the focal point of an investigation of the treatment of and care for natural resources. A reading of A River Rand Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry, launches the study and class members consider...
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How the West was Lost-The Trail of Tears

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this Native American history worksheet, young scholars respond to 14 short answer questions about Cherokee removal polices and the Trail of Tears.
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Paper Weaving

For Teachers 3rd - 10th
Practice the native concept of weaving with traditional classroom items. Using assorted colors of construction paper, your class will simulate how to weave. This is a great activity to connect to a Native American, Mexican, or other...
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On This Day: Mayflower Compact

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
Learners consider how the Mayflower Compact created a sense of order for the new residents of North America. Video clips include a scholar and a re-enactor playing Plymouth Gov. William Bradford, and others include Native American...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars complete a unit on the history of Native Americans. They explore various websites, draw pictures of Native American homes, create a poster highlighting a period in Native American history, and construct a replica of a...
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Not 'Indians,' Many Tribes: Native American Diversity

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore what they thought they knew about "Indians." They examine the Hopi, Abeneki and Kwatiutl tribes in a game-like activity using archival documents.
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We of the Sea: Tribal Native American Stories

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A video featuring members of Oregon’s Astoria Native American fishing community launches a study of the oral tradition of poetry, and how traditions are passed down within different cultures. Activities, assessments, extensions and...
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Games of Strength, Endurance and Stamina

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore and discuss importance of strength, endurance, and stamina in Native American culture, practice skills such as back push, bench reach, muskox fight, one-and-two-foot high kick, and high kick stand, and monitor, improve,...
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The Constitution & Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and consider US Constitutional origins in American Indian culture. They discuss and consider what it means to them to attribute the origins of the US Constitution to American Indian oral tradition. They compare the...
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Native Americans and Jamestown

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, using primary sources, investigate the role of Native Americans in the successes and failures of Jamestown. They identify and analyze inaccurate portrayals of Pocahontas and Powhatan by comparing historical facts with literary...
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The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Delve into the complex social and political structures of Native Americans prior to the arrival of European colonists. This video provides an overview of pre-Columbian America, with particular regard to the the colonization efforts of...
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What Impact did European Explorers have on the Native American Culture?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Engage your fifth graders in a Socratic discussion on the impact European explorers had on Native American culture. Everything is outlined in a highly structured fashion, from what the teacher does, to what the student does. The lesson...
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Traditions and Languages of Three Native Cultures: Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the connections between tradition and language. They examine the environment, history and culture of the Tlingit, Lakota and Cherokee tribes and identify the importance of maintaining languages for oral traditions.
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Focus of Native American Religious Practices

For Teachers 10th
Here are five quick lessons you can use to introduce your class to religions from around the world. They view and perform a Native American dance, watch a video on Judaism, compare the difference between Catholics and Protestants, watch...
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Federal Indian Policy --Self Determination

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore Native American self determination. In this Native American history and writing lesson, students discuss and summarize the main points of the Self Determination Act after viewing an interview of a current Montana tribe...
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Native American Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine federal policies regarding Native Americans. In this Native American assimilation and removal policies lesson, students conduct research to compare the changes in federal policy regarding Native Americans between the...
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Images of the West

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students conduct research regarding the Native Americans that were forced from their...
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Modern Interpretations

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To conclude an eight-lesson study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.
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American Indians and their Environment

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
People could take a page in ingenuity and survival from the Powhatans. Deer skins became clothes, and the members of the Native American group farmed the rich Virginia soil and hunted in its forests for food. Using images of artifacts...
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Using Inquiry Processes to Research American Indian Issues

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Help your young learners write a research paper about Native Americans. After reading articles with differenct perspectives, they pick a Nation to research and write a short paper. 
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Tribes and Colonists

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling,...
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Native Lands: Indians in Georgia, How Do We Know What We Know?

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine Native American oral traditions. In this Georgia history lesson, students discuss Native American oral traditions and research stories of migration. Students create their own oral history projects that feature their...
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Survival Of Native American Spirituality

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore Native American spirituality. In this cultural diversity lesson, students research the medicine wheel as well as Native American symbols and values. Students also read "The Story of The Sacred Tree," and "The Sacred...
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Slavery and Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How do nineteenth-century texts by African American and Native American writers contribute to the country's ideals of freedom and individuality? Learners explore the topic by watching and discussing a video, reading biographies, writing...
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The Haudenosaunee Legendary Founding

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
While many young historians would say the United States' form of democracy is the longest living, the confederacy established by Hiawatha and the Haudenosaunee is America's precursor. The activity set, complete with a beautifully...
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Technology Rich Native American Unit

For Teachers 5th
While this unit isn't as complete as it should be, it does provide many good learning activities. Kids will participate in writing, listening, reading, drama, and creative activities as they research various Native American tribes. The...
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Early History and Exploration Unit

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
We all know about Christopher Columbus, but who else explored the Americas, and specifically, the future United States of America? Learners find out these answers and more in a resource that includes four different reading sections,...
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Storytelling and Folklore

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Stories are passed down orally in many cultures. Learn about the ways that storytelling can shape a society with a reading passage about Native American folklore and myths. After they finish reading, kids complete five reading...
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What is a Tribal Government?

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What is life like on a Native American reservation? Learn about the ways a tribal government works with a reading comprehension activity. After reading a short passage, kids use context clues to answer five comprehension questions.
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The Comanche and the Horse

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
There was a time when the Comanche controlled an empire in North America, and the heart and soul of that empire was the horse. Scholars use the installment of the larger Native American Sacred Stories series to explore how the Spanish...
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Primary and Secondary Sources - 7th

For Teachers 7th - 9th
A link to a beautiful Animoto presentation is included, giving examples of primary sources that a student might want to contact when doing research. Using the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah as a sample topic, middle schoolers view a slide...
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American Imperialism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Has the United States always been an empire? This video is packed with information on America's endeavors during the age of new imperialism, including the displacement of indigenous peoples through territorial acquisition, how wars were...
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How Do We Right the Wrongs of the Past?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
While righting historical wrongs may be difficult, the United States and other countries have tried to reconcile themselves with the past. A resource asks scholars to examine the United States' efforts to come to terms with issues such...
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Federal Indian Policy: American Indian Boarding Schools

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate the impact of Native American boarding schools. In this Native American lesson, students discover how boarding schools impacted the Native American culture.
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Lewis and Clark and the Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students practice using maps and identifying landmarks on the Lewis and Clark expedition. They research Lewis and Clark's relationship with the Native Americans and report their findings to the class. They identify the impact of the...
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California Native American Basket Weaving

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders consider the role that baskets play in the traditional lives of Native Americans in California. Students investigate types of baskets and their various uses and then weave their own baskets.
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First Americans - Woodland Indians

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students use primary sources to categorize and sort through information about Woodland Indians.  In this Native American lesson, students are presented with picture slides with information on a particular tribe of Indians.   
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Lewis and Clark and Native Americans, Part II

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students research the Native Americans living in the regions explored by Lewis and Clark. They identify the modern-day names of sites claimed by the Lakota Indians, and create a poster of the original Native American names.
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Native American Unit

For Teachers 4th - 6th
This is a very well-balanced, comprehensive, and creative three-week unit about Native American history and cultures. Great web links and bibliography.
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US History and Government Examination: January 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
It's time to test those skills! Assess pupils' knowledge of US history and government with short answer questions, multiple-choice items, and essays. The resource serves as a standardized test that functions well for a final exam....
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US History and Government Examination: June 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ready to test your learners about anything and everything related to United States history and government? The resource uses multiple-choice and essay questions to assess knowledge. 
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Utopian Promise

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars learn all about the Puritans in the third installment of a 16-part lesson series. After watching a video, they read and discuss biographies of Puritans and Quakers from American history, write journal entries and poetry, and...
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Cane River Civil Rights: A Native American Perspective

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this civil rights lesson, students examine the civil rights struggle from a Native American perspective. Students analyze documents and write journal entries that...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a skit. In this Native American history lesson, students read a book about Native Americans and answer comprehension questions. Students then read a story about the Wampanoag people and work in groups to act out a...
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Graphing Native American Populations

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders graph the number of Native American populations in Montana. In this graphing instructional activity, 5th graders read about the native populations of Montana and about the number of them living on reservations. They make a...
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A Listening Doll: Create Traditional Native American Storyteller Dolls

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this wonderful cross-curricular lesson, your youngsters will learn about Pueblo Indian storyteller dolls by creating their own! They discuss the tradition of story telling, especially in reference to Native Americans. Consider ending...
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Consequences of Checkerboarding

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the Dawes Act and how it offered to turn Native Americans into farmers on land previously used for reservations. In groups, they discover the concept of checkerboarding in which whites own most of the land in...
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Conflict in Alabama in the 1830s: Native Americans, Settlers, and Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To better understand the Indian Removal Act of 1830, class members examine primary source documents including letters written by Alabama governors and the Cherokee chiefs. The lesson is part of a unit on the expansion of the United...
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Cache

For Students 4th - 12th
The excavation of a cache of artifacts found on San Nicolas Island, a part of the Channel Island chain, is the focus of a documentary that shows how archaeologists uncover artifacts and use these finds to attempt to understand the past....
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Colonial America and The American Revolution

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How did the founding of the American colonies lead to a revolution? Use the essential question and sample activities to guide learners through a series of history lessons. Additionally, the packet includes effective strategies to...
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Making Rose Petal Beads

For Teachers K - 12th
Students make homemade beads from flower petals while exploring Native American history, culture, and art.
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State of Affairs Between the Native Americans and the European Settlers

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners examine relationship and contact between Native Americans and European Settlers, using primary sources.
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Celebrate Native American Heritage

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine Native American heritage. They explore a museum of Native American culture and explore their food, dress, and customs. They also explore the Native Americans role in the first Thanksgiving.
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Sticks and Stones May Break Our Bones: Native American Museum

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students create ten artifacts which they organize and relate to the Native American culture. They design a museum display which categorizes the ten artifacts into usage groups and interprets the use of each object. in the culture's daily...
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Construction Comparison Project Record Sheet

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
A well-designed table is here for those who are studying Native American history. They choose an Indian tribe, then conduct research which enables them to fill in each of the blanks in the table.
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Native American Cultures Across the U.S.

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students examine how American Indians are represented in today's society. They read stories, analyze maps, and complete a chart and create an illustration about a specific tribe.
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Roles of Leadership

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Using a primary document from the journal of pioneer John Shaw, learners explore relations between the US government and Native Americans in Wisconsin during the early 1800s. Shaw recalls Tomah, Black Hawk, Keokuk, and other leaders. The...
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Native Cultures and Values

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students learn about Native American culture. In this history and diversity lesson, students use a website to create a timeline of significant events, contributions, growth and developments of Native American culture groups. Students...
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Pre-Columbian America

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
What was life like in America before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World? Scholars investigate life in the Americas through the eyes of Native Americans in the first lesson of a 22-part series covering America's history. Using...
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Placing Artifacts in Time

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can history distort the true story behind famous people? Scholars analyze the many faces of the Native American Pocahontas. Incorporating technology and historical thinking skills, they uncover the many different sides to the Pocahontas...
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Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
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The Right of Indigneous Peoples in the United States

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The sovereignty of U.S. Native American nations is the focus of a resource that asks class members to compare the Right to Self-Determination in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with a fact sheet that details the...
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Stories of America

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Class members research a person, event, or time period in American history and then, using Google Sites, create a class web site where individuals embed or link a mock news article, a video, and an original narrative about their subject....
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The Best Sniper Of World War 1 - Francis Pegahmagabow

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
While he wasn't even considered a Canadian citizen, France Pegahmagabow had the greatest number of kills of any sniper during World War I. After the war, Pegahmagabow went on to lobby for greater rights for the members of the First...
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Native Harvest

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students read Native Plants and Early Peoples and explore the plants in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and find how the Native Americans used them.  In this Native American plant and people lesson, students research two types...
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Native Design Coil Vase: Ceramics Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
After a quick study of Native American art, symbolism, and pattern design children make a ceramic vase. They read about the use, production, and design of Native American vases or pots, then use clay to create one of their own. Tip:...
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Westward Movement: Expansion or Encroachment?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create a portfolio of pictures and research primary resources to investigate if westward expansion was justified. In this westward expansion lesson plan, 6th graders discuss the effect the expansion had on Native American...
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Totem Poles

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Learners create outdoor totem poles by creating masks and designing an outdoor painting in the woods. In this totem poles lesson plan, students study Native American culture.
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Native American History

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students examine Native American myths and legends. In this Native American lesson plan, students read about Marshall's Pillars and analyze the myth. Students write their own myths in the Native American tradition following the provided...
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North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars discuss and research the Trail of Tears.  In this Native American history unit, students read stories about and research information about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears.  Young scholars work in literature...
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Indentured Servitude of Native Americans in Southern New England

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore slavery by researching Native American history. In this racial prejudice lesson, students identify the treatment of Native Americans in the New England area 200 years ago. Students answer study questions based on the...
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Migration Waves

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine how migration waves impacted Native American history. They listen to a lecture and take notes, read and discuss handouts in small groups, and create a group table that illustrates the differences and similarities between...
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Sitting Bull: Spiritual Leader and Military Leader

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Sitting Bull was not expected to be a great warrior. Yet, he led the Lakota people and other tribes to several pivotal victories against the United States government when federal troops threatened their land. Using primary sources, such...
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Teaching Perspective in the Social Studies Classroom

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
How would the story of the discovery of America be different if indigenous people told it through their eyes? Individuals compare the conventional account of this moment in history to an account given by one of the native peoples. After...
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Five W’s and One H Activity for Events and People of the Indian Removal

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What did Andrew Jackson have to do with the Indian Removal Act? Learn more about a pivotal moment in American history with a jigsaw activity. Learners from each group choose different historical figures and/or events to research, then...
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Native American History

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use a previous and current map of the state of Michigan to compare cities and roads. They look for names that come from the Native American culture. They participate in a class discussion to compare findings.
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Exploring Meaning In Native American Art

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Native American artwork includes symbolism that will inspire students' own work.
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First People in America: Native Americans

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Young scholars analyze items from Native American cultures.  In this Native American culture lesson, students explore the first people in America, their culture, and the types of items that helped them live.  Young scholars finally...
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Bison on the Plains

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text about American Indians. For this migration lesson, 5th graders identify the differences between Native Americans and European settlers who traveled through middle America in...
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Native Americans: Thematic Timeline

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Native American history activity, students follow the provided directions to create their own interactive timelines featuring resistance struggles of the tribes.
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Painted Lodges

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore lodge construction as a representation of culture. In this cultural diversity and Native American history lesson, students listen to a narrative explaining the origin of Native American painted lodges. Students design...
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The First Americans

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore American history by researching Native Americans. In this American settlers lesson, 3rd graders research the Native American Woodland Indians and define the actions they took when faced with the European settlers....
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Geometry, Patchwork Quilts, and Native American Culture

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Use geometric principles to analyze North American quilt patterns. Learners review the concept of area, perimeter, and symmetry. They explore the importance of the star in quilting and conduct research on Morning Star quilts using the...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners determine how Native Americans were stripped of their cultures. In this Native American history lesson, students analyze several photographs of Native Americans and respond to questions about the photographs. Learners discuss...
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Interpreting Quotes From Native Americans and European Americans

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars examine the relations between Native Americans and European Americans in the late 1700's and early 1800's. In this Native American history lesson plan, students read and analyze quotes from Atiatoharongwen, Tecumseh,...
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Native American Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the lives of the American Indians who made their homes in the Midwest. In this Native American history lesson, students research the tribes of the Midwest and create PowerPoint presentations based on their research...
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Native American Culture Region Collages

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students research various Native American tribes. In this Native American history lesson, students follow the provided rubric to create collages on the cultures of selected Native American tribes.
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Famous Native Americans

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students study famous Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, students research individuals who have impacted American history. Students present their findings in PowerPoint presentations that they create.
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Negotiating a Treaty between the US Government and the Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the implications of the Indian Removal Act. For this Native American history lesson, students simulate the treaty process and research the interaction between natives and settlers in the American West.
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Taming the Frontier

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine paintings by Thomas Cole and Jasper Francis Cropsey as windows into American frontier life. They consider the pioneer's relationship with nature and the role of Native Americans in the pioneer's lives and settlements.
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Pre-Columbian Cultures in the Americas

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Native American studies is fun, educational, and highly motivating. Fifth graders will gain a deeper understanding of the six major pre-Columbian culture areas on the North American continent. They will choose one group and conduct...
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Indian Removal to the Great American Desert

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine American policies to relocate Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, 7th graders determine why Native Americans were relocated and investigate their response to the policies as they analyze...
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Kennewick Man: Science and Sacred Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Have respect for the dead!" Scholars investigate how science and religion often clash. As they look into the laws of science and the laws of religion, the legal ramifications at the federal level of both play into an argument they...
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Native Voices

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Navajo people build their dwellings with the doors facing the rising sun in the east to welcome wealth and fortune. Pupils learn about the traditions of the Navajo people in the first part of a 16-part unit. They explore American...
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The Iroquois

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
During the early 1500s, parts of modern-day New York were inhabited by Eastern Woodland Native Americans. To learn about the daily life, value, and traditions of these tribes, fourth graders research the Iroquois.  Groups select projects...
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Western Indian Wars

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Why do many Native Americans live on reservations? An interactive resource teaches about how reservations came to be and the tragic history behind Native Americans moving from their lands. Teenagers read passages, view images, and click...
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Notes of a Native Son: The World According to James Baldwin

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why would the FBI have perceived James Baldwin as a threat to national security? Why did they consider this preacher, writer, thinker, expat, activist so dangerous while Robert Kennedy and other government officials considered him an...
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Andrew Jackson’s Speech to Congress on Indian Removal

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
How did President Andrew Jackson justify the removal of Native Americans from their homeland? After your young historians examine Jackson's speech to Congress in 1830 preceding the Indian Removal Act, they will then delve into text-based...
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Native Americans

For Teachers K
Students explore Native American cultures. In this cultural comparisons lesson, students participate in several activities that compare and contrast the culture of the Hopi and Comanche Tribes.
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Perspectives on Indian Removal Policies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the role of the U.S. government in Indian removal. In this Native American history instructional activity, students examine primary and secondary sources about the Jackson's policies to move the Cherokee Nation....
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The First North Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners identify and interpret the different North American Indian groups, by region, and the type and impact of their interaction with Europeans. Then they complete an overview of one main Native American group during the age of...
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Native American Herb Pouch

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners investigate the uses of herbs by Native Americans, create their own herb pouch, and collect local wild herb specimens. They study local herbs, their history, and uses. Students use construnction paper to make a replica of a...
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Native American Research Project Presentations

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students research various Native American tribes. In this Native American history instructional activity, students follow the provided rubric to create research presentations on the cultures of selected Native American tribes.
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The Cherokee in Georgia: What do You Think?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the issues related to the removal of the Native Americans from Georgia. They show their understanding of the issues through reflection, discussion and a project.
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Hopi Tribal Council

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Focusing on the differences between traditional Hopi government and the Hopi Tribal Council, this resource is a good addition to your unit on Native American culture. Learners conduct Internet research, analyze primary source photos, and...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners choose two photographs and explain how they illustrate traditional Native American culture. They discuss how traditional Native American culture has been affected by two specific actions of the United States Government, (they...
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Forced to Move in More Ways Than One

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the Native American movement. They study the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Dawes Act of 1887, and the Indian Boarding Schools in 1887. They research each episode and create a Venn diagram poster.
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How Perceptions of Cultures Influences Perceptions and Historical Outcomes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils research different ethnic groups that lived in the United States. They compare and contrast Spanish, African American and Native American cultures and how American culture interacted with them. They present their findings using...
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Zoom-In Christopher Columbus

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Explore Christopher Columbus with young learners. They will learn more about the history of America by viewing a series of images "zooming in" on the Mayflower coming to shore. They then decipher visual clues to determine that the...
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The Omaha Native Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students reflect on the history of Native Americans in the current Omaha area.  In this instructional activity, students utilize the computer by completing an Internet search on Native Americans in Omaha then gather in small groups to...
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Native Americans in Utah History: Research Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students research the basic cultural information available on the various Native American cultures of Utah. They investigate the historical time period, shelters, weapons, tools, foods and methods of obtaining food.
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What's in a Name? The Use of Native American Images in Sports

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars discuss and analyze the pros and cons of using Native American names and images to represent sports teams. Using primary sources, including position statements from Native American tribes, interviews with school alumni and...
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In the Footprints of Lewis and Clark: 19th Century Artists -- Depictions of Native Americans

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read excerpts of "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose. As a class, they view slides of artwork from the time period of westward expansion and Native Americans, write their reactions and share them with the class. To...
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Native American Vocabulary

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students learn words such as raccoon and condor which are Native American words. They define and illustrate them and make a booklet.
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The Affects of Environment on Native American Culture

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars research the culture of the Native Americans.  In this U.S. History lesson, students are given the major geological areas where the Indians lived prior to the arrival of the Europeans, then they create a notebook that...
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Pre-Colonial Native American Groups

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate U.S. history by researching the Internet and taking a test. In this American Indian group instructional activity, students identify the many specific Native American tribes and their geographic locations. Students...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are be able to examine primary sources for evidence of Native American culture. They identify what culture is and discuss the difficulty of stereotypes. Students are given examples of different cultures.
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The AME Church in U.S. History

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the history of the African Methodist Church in the United States. In this African American history lesson, 9th graders discover why the church was founded and research its history and noteworthy members. Students...
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Lives of Native Americans and Settlers

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Students assess the effect of contact between the Native Americans and Europeans after 1492. They explore the lives of the early European colonists and the Native Americans living along the East Coast of North America. Lesson contains...
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Learning about Native Americans through Artifact Analysis and Artwork

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders assess how a Native American's environment and the geographic region where they lived influenced their food, clothing, shelter and the overall culture of a tribe. They study the impact of conservation, family, rural life,...
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How Native Americans Stayed Warm

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate how climate affects basic needs. In this basic needs social studies lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation, then describe the clothing worn by Native Americans in the photographs. Students discuss differing...
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Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study Native Americans. In this US history lesson, 2nd graders observe pictures of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and describe the shelter, food, clothing, and tribes.
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Native American Culture

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore the Native American culture. In this culture lesson, students determine how cultures preserve their traditions. Students use various sources to gather information.
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Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island: Lesson Plan 3

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Should researchers be able to excavate, examine, and remove Native American artifacts from historic sites? Should companies be permitted to build on sacred Native American land? After watching West of the West's documentary, The Lone...
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Maskmaking

For Teachers K - 6th
Students examine masks from various cultures focusing on the Native Americans. Using the internet, they research the purpose of the masks and various designs. They create their own mask showing their own culture and personality and...
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U.S. History I Final Exam Questions

For Students 8th - 11th
In this American history final exam worksheet, students respond to 10 essay questions regarding Industrialization, Reconstruction, American Imperialism, World War I, and the Great Depression.
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Native American Perspectives

For Teachers 4th
Discover the unique perspective of a Native American in the Woods Canyon Pueblo by reading stories and answering questions. Afterward, your class will consider their own ancestry and culture and compare it to the Pueblo culture.
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Analyzing Diverse Land Use

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students compare and contrast values about land use. In this Montana history lesson, students compare attitudes that Native Americans and European Americans had about the environment as they conduct research. Students prepare for and...
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Understanding the Aboriginal Experience: A Study of Native American and Australian Aborigine History and Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the Native American and Australian Aboriginal history and culture. In this language arts lesson, students watch clips of the film Rabbit-Proof Fence then work in small groups to discuss and answer questions. They will...
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Hunters to Herders

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Young historians discover the many ways that the lives of the Native Americans in Colorado changed over time. Learners research and trace the various events that led to their lifestyle being primarily nomadic, to a lifestyle of permanent...
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What It Means to Be an American Indian

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze primary source documents and evaluate historical evidence to find consequences of the policies that were adopted from the 1830s to today regarding Native American Indians.

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