Notable Indigenous People of North America Scavenger Hunt Activity

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This Native American Heritage Month activity for elementary and middle school students is perfect for helping your students learn interesting facts about important Native American figures. This activity can be assigned as individual or group work and is a perfect extension activity, early finisher project, or unit supplement to Indigenous history.

Students will use various research sources to perform a "scavenger hunt" of interesting facts about North American Indigenous people. As they find the answers, they will create a slide presentation (digital) or mini-book (printable) documenting their answers. The questions are moderately challenging and require different levels of investigation to find the correct answers. This activity is suitable for grades 3 to 8; tips on differentiation can be found in the teaching instructions.

What's Included:

  • Teaching instructions with notes on research and differentiation for different grade levels;
  • A student worksheet featuring 14 scavenger hunt questions and space to record research notes;
  • A PowerPoint slide template that can be converted to Google Slides, if necessary, plus a printable version of the template for a handout option, if desired;
  • A complete answer key for all 13 questions with additional notes.

Sample Scavenger Hunt Questions:

  • Who in the Indigenous world invented an alphabet for their language?
  • Who in the Indigenous world led his people to victory against a famous Civil War general?
  • Who in the Indigenous was the first woman to lead an Eastern tribe and brought attention to the modern plight of Indigenous people?
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