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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.

Printables

Tipi Pattern
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
The Trail of Tears
Indian Symbols and Meanings
The Navajo Code Talkers
Native American Musical Instruments
Learn About Pocahontas
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Percussion Performance and Culture
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Native American Music and the Flute
More Native American Lesson Plans

Quizzes

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

References

Native American Instruments
Contemporary Native American Music
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
Sacajawea
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Sign of the Beaver
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Native American Life
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Native American Report
Folktales of the Northwest
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Teaching Native American Music
Native American Pronunciation Guide
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Totem Pole
Make a God's Eye
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Native American Powwow
Children of Native America Today Activities
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Make a Button Blanket
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

Storing Food
Literature & Math: Stories About Time
Vitamin Math
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"

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