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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
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Native American Picture Writing
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Cherokee Fables
The Trail of Tears
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest
More Native American Lesson Plans


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

Indian Sign Language Chart
Sign of the Beaver
Native American Tribes Word Search
Native American Life
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Sacagawea Biography
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Native American Indian Crafts
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Musical Instruments
Teaching Native American Music
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Percussion Performance and Culture
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
Native American Music and the Flute
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Make a God's Eye
Totem Pole
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
My Book About Native Americans
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Games and Toys
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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.

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