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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
The Trail of Tears
Indian Symbols and Meanings
The Navajo Code Talkers
Native American Musical Instruments
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Native American Music: Call-and-Response
Percussion Performance and Culture
Describing Drum Beats in Native American Music
A Play about Sacagawea
Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
More Native American Lesson Plans


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


Native American Instruments
Contemporary Native American Music
Indian Pudding
More Native American References

Language Arts Activities

Sign of the Beaver
Native American Life
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Sacajawea Reading Comprehension
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Indian Sign Language Chart
Cherokee Fables
More Popular Native American Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

Native American Indian Crafts
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
American Indians Today
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Teaching Native American Music
Sounding Word-Rhythms
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
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
My Book About Native Americans
Totem Pole
Longhouses, Canoes, and Totem Poles
Make a "Wooden" Mask
Make a Button Blanket
Native American Powwow
More Native American Drama & Art Activities

Math Activities

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


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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