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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
The Navajo Code Talkers
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
A Play about Sacagawea
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)
More Native American Lesson Plans


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


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

Language Arts Activities

Native American History Books by Judith St. George
Sign of the Beaver
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Native American Tribes Word Search
Celebrating Native American Heritage -- Suggested Activities
Indian Sign Language Chart
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Narcissa Whitman Biography
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Indian Pudding
Cranberry-Nut Bread
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Native American Musical Instruments
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Percussion Performance and Culture
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Native American Music and the Flute
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Totem Pole
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Games and Toys
Native American Ceremonial Dances
Make a Sand Painting
Make a Corn Necklace
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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

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