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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.


Blue Birds Common Core Educator's Guide
Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Native American Indian Crafts
Native American Picture Writing
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Percussion Performance and Culture
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
More Native American Lesson Plans


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


Native American Instruments
Contemporary Native American Music
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
Ancestry of U.S. Population by Rank, 2001
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Native American Life
Sign of the Beaver
Cherokee Fables
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: The Cheyenne
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Kwakiutl Indians
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

Indian Sign Language Chart
History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Make a Corn Necklace
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

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

Drama & Art Activities

Make a God's Eye
My Book About Native Americans
Plains Boy and Girl Cutouts
Totem Pole
Indian Boy and Girl Cutouts
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Make a "Wooden" Mask
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

Literature & Math: Stories About Time
Storing Food
Vitamin Math
Sandpainting Math
November Bulletin Board: Fractions
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

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