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Ch 1: Early Native American History Lesson Plans

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If you're searching for different ways to teach your class about early Native American history, then you will find these lesson plans useful resources to help you reach your goal. Our lesson plans outline engaging classroom and homework activities you can use to supplement your existing materials.

Early Native American History Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you're wondering how to keep your students engaged and entertained with activities they will enjoy and that will help them better retain information about early Native American tribes and key figures, then look no further than our helpful lesson plans. You can follow our outlines to have students create posters, role play, research Native American tribes or figures, write stories and more. These fun activities will help your students more deeply explore details about such topics as Pocahontas, Squanto and Sacagawea as well as Cheyenne and Cherokee tribes.

This chapter also explains how you can use video and text lessons as supplemental classroom materials to facilitate classroom discussions. These lessons include quizzes you can give to your students to determine what they have retained and whether they need further review of any material.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Helps you meet your objectives of teaching your class all relevant details about key Native American tribes and leaders.
  • Activities or games: Provides details about classroom and extended activities and projects to keep your students engaged when studying about Pocahontas, the Cheyenne nation and other Native American history topics.
  • Classroom discussion questions/topics: Suggests the use of video and text lessons found in this chapter to help students take a deeper look at the lives of Pocahontas, Sacagawea, Squanto and aspects of certain Native American tribes.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning early Native American history lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific early Native American topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related early Native American history lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of the tribes and major figures in early Native American history.
  • Engage your students with relevant early Native American-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

19 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early Native American History Lesson Plans
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Native Americans Lesson Plan

1. Native Americans Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to not only teach your class about the peopling of the Americas, but also the rise and decline of two great North American peoples. An activity helps students to further their understanding.

Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

2. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Cherokee Nation: Tribe History, Facts & Culture

3. Cherokee Nation: Tribe History, Facts & Culture

Many Native American tribes fought to keep their land and way of life, while others preferred appeasement, cooperation, and/or assimilation. Learn about the Cherokee, their approach to U.S. expansion and settlement, and their way of life in this lesson.

Cheyenne Tribe: Facts, History & Religion

4. Cheyenne Tribe: Facts, History & Religion

In this lesson, we'll explore the Cheyenne tribe, a Native American people that originated in the woodlands of Minnesota. Learn about the tribe's history and religion, as well as how it was forever changed by contact with white settlers and explorers.

Powhatan Lesson Plan

5. Powhatan Lesson Plan

Who was Powhatan and what was his role in America's history? This lesson plan is rooted in an engaging video lesson and uses an activity to take learning to a new level.

Powhatan Confederacy: Definition & History

6. Powhatan Confederacy: Definition & History

The Powhatan Confederacy was a group of Native American tribes during the 17th century that settled in Virginia. Learn how they rose in power under Powhatan, how they reacted to English colonists at Jamestown, and how they ended up in decline.

Squanto Lesson Plan

7. Squanto Lesson Plan

Who was Squanto and why was he so important in our country's history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key life events of the Native American, Squanto. An activity helps to create a meaningful connection with the material.

Squanto: Biography, History & Relationship with the Pilgrims

8. Squanto: Biography, History & Relationship with the Pilgrims

America's history concerning Native Americans seems to be filled with lies and death. That has not always been the case, though. There have been times that, without the assistance from the natives, settlers would not have survived. Learn here about Squanto, the Patuxet Indian that befriended the Pilgrims.

Sacagawea Lesson Plan for Elementary School

9. Sacagawea Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Who was Sacagawea and what was her influence on American history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about Sacagawea's life and legacy. An activity challenges students to create a model of the Sacagawea coin.

Sacagawea Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

10. Sacagawea Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Have you ever hiked in the woods? What if you had to help a whole group of men navigate the wilderness! That was the job of Sacagawea, a Native American woman who helped the famous Lewis and Clark with their expeditions across the Wild West.

Sacagawea Lesson Plan

11. Sacagawea Lesson Plan

Sacagawea made significant contributions to United States' expeditions through her interpretations. Students will read her biography, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Who Was Sacagawea? - Facts, Biography & Quotes

12. Who Was Sacagawea? - Facts, Biography & Quotes

Experience the life and times of Sacagawea. Learn how this great interpreter affected the discoveries made by American explorers, Lewis and Clark. Then, take the quiz to evaluate your knowledge!

Pocahontas Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Pocahontas Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about Pocahontas with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides a biography of Pocahontas, create a timeline of her life, and apply learning to an activity to make ideas stick.

Native American History Lesson Plan

14. Native American History Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will analyze an informational text about Native American history. After reading the text, they will work as a group to craft an argument to use in a class debate.

Native American Diorama Project Ideas

15. Native American Diorama Project Ideas

When teaching about Native American histories, identities, and experiences, it can be very helpful for many students to visualize these cultures in 3-dimensional dioramas. These projects are creative and engaging, and can fit into many curricula.

Native American Project Ideas for 4th Grade

16. Native American Project Ideas for 4th Grade

There is much to be learned about Native Americans. Bring the subject alive using one or more of these activities that will help students focus on Native Americans while having some fun with the subject matter.

Native American Artifact Project Ideas

17. Native American Artifact Project Ideas

In this lesson you will find project ideas to help your students get a deep understanding of known Native American artifacts. Your students will work collaboratively and individually to learn about these culturally important items.

Native American Culture Activities for 5th Grade

18. Native American Culture Activities for 5th Grade

Use the following activities to explore the cultures of Native American groups at the state or national level, in individual or collaborative learning lessons.

Aztec Project Ideas

19. Aztec Project Ideas

The Aztec Empire was one of the largest imperial states in the Americas, and there are countless ways to study it. These project ideas will help your students explore Aztec history in engaging and unique ways.

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