The Native American Unit is one of my favorite units! It motivates students to want to learn about the Native Americans of North America (Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Southeast).
For each region, there is a 2-page informational text that gives information about the climate, religious beliefs, resources, homes, food, etc. Along with the informational text, there is a printable for with a reading skill. This one shows context clues/vocabulary.
1. Begin the unit by playing Native American Music – fun fun fun!
Play it throughout the unit too especially while making one of the crafts. Students love it and will start singing along!
2. Create Native American names
Students have a blast creating a name that reflects their personality. There is a list of animals and the personality that matches them. This activity comes with two versions: A printable to draw yourself as a Native American or printable with craft.
3. Picture Writing
Provide a section of a brown paper grocery bag for each student. Pass out the picture symbols printable. Then ask students to create their own picture writing. You can allow them to use words with the symbols or tell a story with just symbols.
4. Native American Project
Directions for a Native American project is given where students can use the Informational Text to gather information. A rubric is provided for easy grading!
5. Study Chart
As you study each region, have students fill in their study chart. There is a student version of the digital resource which is great for integrating technology.
6. Map of Regions
Students map the regions by coloring the map according to how they create the map key.
7. Dream Catchers
This craft can be a motivation to lead to writing. It includes the history of dream catchers, step-by-step instructions on how to make them, and a printable for writing about their dream catchers.
8. Totem Poles
Each student will need an empty papertowel roll. Teach students about the history of totem poles (included) and provide a chart with animals and their personality traits (included). Ask them to create totem poles with 3 animals that have meaning to their family dynamics. They should take notes on the three animals and their meanings, color the templates, and put them together. When the craft is completed, students can write about raising their totem poll in their clan (Directions and a rubric is included.)
9. Rain Dance
There are instructions on how to perform a rain dance in your classroom.
11. Acrostic Poem
12. Hands-On Games
There are 3 games to play with your students that require little or no materials and can be played with small and large groups.
Fun fun fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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