Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest

Grade Levels: 3 - 5

  • Students will use vocabulary related to the lives of the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Students will appreciate how the natural environment affects the lives of the Tlingit people.
  • Students will recognize how the environment affects their own daily lives.



  1. Introduce key vocabulary: canoe, climate, evergreen, lush, sacred, totem pole, vegetation.
  2. Have students work with partners to complete the Tlingit Indians of the Pacific Northwest worksheet after they visit the website.
  3. Set up a time when students can share the information they discovered.


  • Use students' worksheet responses to evaluate their ability to gather information about the relationship between the Tlingit people and their environment. Assign a point value for each response.
  • Find a variety of assessment techniques to use with this lesson.

Extension Activities

  • Choose from a large collection of cross-curricular activities for all grade levels.
  • Explore outstanding lessons and activities in the Native Americans theme.
  • Have students work individually or with partners to create totem poles similar to the ones the Tlingit people build.
  • Using the Internet, have students view photographs of some of the wildlife native to the Pacific Northwest.

Standards Correlations

National Social Studies Standards
Students develop an understanding of:

  • how human beings create, learn, apply, modify, and adapt to their cultures.
  • relationships between human beings and their environment.
  • their historical roots and are able to locate themselves in time.
  • how reading about and reconstructing the past allows them to develop historical perspective.
  • places and regions and interactions of environment and society.

National Educational Technology Standards

  • practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

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