Native American Art & Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help students gain a respect and understanding for Native American art forms with this lesson. Suggested video and text lessons, activities, discussion questions, and extensions are included.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of Native American art
  • apply knowledge of Native American art


40 minutes to 1 hour per lesson and activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Various art supplies listed below
  • Pictures of Native North American art and Ancient American art
  • Examples of Powwow music
  • Empty oatmeal tube

Traditional Native American Art

  • Introduce students to Native American art with the text lesson Traditional Native American Art.
  • Read through the lesson with students, highlighting key facts and vocabulary. Make sure to have students pay attention to the three different kinds of art.


  • Set up three stations for students to visit and create art: Hopi Kachina Figures, Totem Poles and Carved Masks/Animal Sculptures. Use recycled items, such as paper towel roles, paper mache, mixed water colors, and paper/fabric scraps for supplies.
  • Display in classroom and hallways.

Comparing Art


  • Have students select one sample each of Ancient American and Native North American art. Analyze the traits, such as colors used, mediums, and symbolism.
  • Have students record analysis on a large sheet of paper using a graphic organizer format like a t-chart or Venn diagram.
  • Allow students to decorate using elements of both art forms.

Native American Music

  • Pre-teach lesson vocabulary, then have students read the article Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History.
  • Find samples of the types of music from the lesson and play for students to demonstrate.
  • Have students make posters describing Native American music; display in classroom.

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