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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
Indian Symbols and Meanings
Native American Picture Writing
Native American Musical Instruments
Make a God's Eye
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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


Cranberry-Nut Bread
Native American Instruments
Contemporary Native American Music
Indian Pudding
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Native American Life
Native American Tribes Word Search
Indian Sign Language Chart
Cherokee Fables
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Sandpainting Math
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Native American Indian Crafts
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Make a Corn Necklace
November Bulletin Board: Fractions
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Teaching Native American Music
Percussion Performance and Culture
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Native American Music and the Flute
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Sounding Word-Rhythms
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Totem Pole
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Build a Seminole Summer House
Make a Button Blanket
My Book About Native Americans
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Totem Pole
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

Storing Food
Vitamin Math
Literature & Math: Stories About Time

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Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

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