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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
Native American Picture Writing
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Make a God's Eye
Native American Musical Instruments
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
Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
More Native American Lesson Plans


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


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

Language Arts Activities

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

Thanksgiving Activities

Native American Indian Crafts
History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

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

Drama & Art Activities

Totem Pole
My Book About Native Americans
About the Tipi
Native American Powwow
Games and Toys
Cherokee Fables
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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


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