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American Indians & Native Americans - Teacher Resources

Look below for lessons, activities, and printables on Native American life and culture. Use these resources to teach students of all ages about the colonization of America from a different perspective. You'll find great educational resources for Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month in November. There are also plenty of activities to use throughout the year for music, drama, art, and language arts.


Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Native American Picture Writing
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Native American Musical Instruments
Native American Indian Crafts
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Percussion Performance and Culture
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
A Play about Sacagawea
More Native American Lesson Plans


Native Americans Quiz
American Colonies Quiz
Anasazi and Plains Indians Quiz
Early America Quiz


Native American Instruments
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Contemporary Native American Music
American Indians Today
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Sign of the Beaver
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Indian Sign Language Chart
Native American Life
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Native American History Books by Judith St. George
Cherokee Fables
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Teaching Native American Music
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Native American Music and the Flute
Sounding Word-Rhythms
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Make a God's Eye
My Book About Native Americans
Totem Pole
Games and Toys
About the Tipi
Native American Powwow
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

Vitamin Math
Storing Food
Sandpainting Math
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
November Bulletin Board: Fractions


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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