Native American Shields Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about shields used by the Native Americans. A text lesson details the history, types, designs and role these shields played in Native American lives, discussion questions and activities help apply thinking, and a quiz tests understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the history of shields used in Native American society
  • explain the types and uses of shields in Native American society
  • discuss designs and symbolism on Native American shields


50 minutes for lesson, plus time for activity


  • Copies of the lesson Native American Shields: History & Design, one for each student
  • Images of shields used by Native Americans
  • Tag board or poster board
  • Art supplies (markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.)

Key Vocabulary

  • War shield
  • Medicine shield
  • Tag board
  • Markers
  • Feathers
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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