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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
The Trail of Tears
Native American Life
More Popular Native American Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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


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

Language Arts Activities

Sign of the Beaver
Cherokee Fables
Native American Song: 0 Hal'Lwe
Indian Sign Language Chart
Native American Tribes Word Search
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
Folktales of the Northwest
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
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Cranberry-Nut Bread
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
More Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Native American Music Resources

Native American Musical Instruments
Teaching Native American Music
Native American Pronunciation Guide
Sounding Word-Rhythms
Regional Music Styles of Native American Tribes
Intertribal Style of Native American Music
More Native American Music Resources

Drama & Art Activities

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

Math Activities

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


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

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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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

Teaching with Comics
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guide to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series, 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 stores.

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