This Native American Unit is one of my favorite units! It motivates students to want to learn about the history of Native Americans of North America (Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Southeast). It has informational text, comprehension, and engaging activities.
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 different reading skill used for comprehension. This one shows context clues/vocabulary.
1. Begin the unit by playing Native American Music
Play it throughout the unit too especially while making one of the crafts. Students love it and will start singing along! This particular CD helps teach about Native Americans.
2. Native American Corn Craft
A corn craft goes along great with discussions on harvesting in the Southeast.
3. Picture Writing
Students will have a printable with picture symbols. They can create stories with symbols using a section of a brown paper grocery bag.
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
While studying each region, students should fill in their study chart. There is a digital student version included 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 works well with the Great Plains and has a writing activity. 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
Creating totem poles is an engaging way to get students to learn about the Northwest Coast. 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 write about raising their totem poll in their clan (Directions and a rubric is included.)
9. Peace Writing
To go along with the Iroquois League of Nations, students can write about what peace means to them.
10. Rain Dance
There are instructions on how to do a rain activity to go along with the Southwest region.
12. Acrostic Poem
There are 6 diffferent templates for acrostic poems. One for each region and one for Native Americans.
13. 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.
Students will be engaged while learning facts about the culture of each Native American region.
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