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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

Make Your Own Totem Pole
Tipi Pattern
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Native American Picture Writing
The Trail of Tears
Indian Symbols and Meanings
The Navajo Code Talkers
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
A Play about Sacagawea
Percussion Performance and Culture
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
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
Indian Pudding
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

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

Thanksgiving Activities

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Indian Sign Language Chart
Native American Indian Crafts
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
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Musical Instruments
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Teaching Native American Music
Native American Music and the Flute
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Sounding Word-Rhythms
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

Make Your Own Totem Pole
Native American Picture Writing
Totem Pole
Make a God's Eye
Native American Indian Crafts
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Native American Powwow
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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

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Memorial Day
Find a way to honor the American men and women who have sacrificed their lives in wars and military disputes this Memorial Day (May 30). Some of our most popular activities include: World War II Student Project, Chronology of Conscription in the U.S., and American Flag, Memorial Day Videos, and "In Flanders Fields" -- History and Poetry!

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May is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Transportation Week (May 15-21), Museum Day (5/18), and Memorial Day (5/30). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Inventors Month, National Family Month (May 8 - June 19), Physical Fitness & Sports Month all May long!

Videos
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