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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.


Native American Picture Writing
Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Indian Sign Language Chart
Native American Indian Crafts
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
More Native American Lesson Plans


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


Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Native American Instruments
Indian Pudding
Contemporary Native American Music
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
A Thanksgiving Poem
Native American Life
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Sign of the Beaver
Cherokee Fables
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Make a Corn Necklace
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Cranberry-Nut Bread
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Musical Instruments
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Teaching Native American Music
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Sounding Word-Rhythms
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

My Book About Native Americans
Totem Pole
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Make a God's Eye
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Children of Native America Today Activities
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights in your classroom! Hanukkah begins at sundown December 6.

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.