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Ch 7: Native American Art & Music Lesson Plans & Resources

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This teacher resource chapter offers comprehensive lesson plans on Native American art and music. You can access these lesson plans at any time to design your curriculum and make sure you cover the most important information about Native American music and art.

Native American Art & Music Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

Use this collection of teacher resources to design a comprehensive and engaging Native American art and music unit. These helpful lesson plans cover cover the history and characteristics of Native American music, art, dance and more. After consulting these resources you should be able to plan and implement lessons on the following subjects:

  • Native American powwow music
  • Traditional and contemporary Native American art
  • Types of Native American dances
  • The history of Native American rain dance ceremonies

In addition to helping you plan your lessons, these resources can also supplement your instruction. The lessons can be shown during class as a way to prompt discussion and the quizzes can be assigned as homework assignments or pop quizzes.

How It Helps

  • Additional resources: Show your students our bite-sized lessons before class discussions, and assign them quizzes to gauge their comprehension of the material
  • Vocabulary words: Defines Native American art and music vocabulary
  • Curriculum standards: Lesson plans cover information that meets education standards

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Native American art and music lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for the specific Native American art and music topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your Native American art and music class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Native American art and music 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 Native American art and music concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Native American art and music activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 7: Native American Art & Music Lesson Plans & Resources
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Buffalo Hide Painting Lesson Plan

1. Buffalo Hide Painting Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about buffalo hide paintings. After discussing and analyzing an informational text, students will create their own buffalo hide paintings using modern materials.

Native American Buffalo Hide Art: Symbols & Meaning

2. Native American Buffalo Hide Art: Symbols & Meaning

Can you create art from an animal hide? Native American cultures in the Great Plains did. In this lesson, explore symbols and meaning behind Native American art painted on buffalo hides.

Winter Counts Lesson Plan

3. Winter Counts Lesson Plan

We think about history in a specific way. With this lesson plan, your students will be introduced to a different way of thinking about how we record history and develop a greater understanding of Native American cultural systems.

Native American Winter Counts: Definition, History & Symbols

4. Native American Winter Counts: Definition, History & Symbols

How would you record history if your society didn't have a written language? In this lesson, we'll check out Native American winter counts and see how they helped largely nomadic peoples record their histories.

Native American Art & Music Lesson Plan

5. Native American Art & Music Lesson Plan

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.

Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History

6. Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History

If you go to a Native American powwow, what kind of music can you expect to hear? This lesson walks you through the history and characteristics of powwow music.

Traditional Native American Art

7. Traditional Native American Art

This lesson will provide three examples of traditional Native American art from three distinct cultures found in North America. The cultural context and significance of these artistic traditions will be detailed.

Contemporary Native American Art

8. Contemporary Native American Art

Many Native American groups are associated with traditional forms of art, but what do contemporary artists think about this? In this lesson, we'll look at contemporary Native American arts and see what common themes appear.

Native American Dance Lesson Plan

9. Native American Dance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the types and history of Native American dances. Students will read a text lesson describing different types of dances and their purposes, discuss content and engage in cooperative activities to make learning stick.

Native American Dances: Types & History

10. Native American Dances: Types & History

Few things epitomize Native American cultures as much as dancing. In this lesson, we are going to talk about the role of dancing in Native American cultures, and look at a few examples.

Native American Rain Dance Lesson Plan

11. Native American Rain Dance Lesson Plan

What is the significance of a Native American rain dance? This lesson plan explains this with the help of an interesting text lesson. An activity gets students out of their seats and into the Native American spirit.

Native American Rain Dance: History & Ceremony

12. Native American Rain Dance: History & Ceremony

This lesson explores the rain dance ceremonies of native peoples from the Southwestern region of North America. We will look at the history of these dances, the ceremonial elements, and examples from Navajo and Hopi tribes.

Native American Basket Weaving Lesson Plan

13. Native American Basket Weaving Lesson Plan

Basket weaving's uniqueness intrigues many. Students will learn about Native American techniques in this lesson by reading about its history and methods, answering discussion questions, completing an activity, and taking a quiz.

Native American Basket Weaving: History & Techniques

14. Native American Basket Weaving: History & Techniques

What do Native Americans often use to carry and store their supplies? Baskets. One of the oldest Native American crafts is basket weaving. This lesson will focus on the history of Native American basket weaving and the materials and techniques used to create these beautiful containers.

Cherokee Indian Art Lesson Plan

15. Cherokee Indian Art Lesson Plan

What sets Cherokee Indian art apart from that of other Native-American tribes? Use this lesson plan to explain this to students with the help of an informative text lesson. An activity allows students to channel some of the themes present in Cherokee art.

Cherokee Tribal Art: History, Symbols & Designs

16. Cherokee Tribal Art: History, Symbols & Designs

The Cherokee Nation is well known for its beautiful and meaningful art and culture. The symbols used in the design of Cherokee bead, basket, and leather work exude deep meaning for the Cherokee culture and many others who experience these fine works of Native American art.

Native American Shields Art Lesson Plan

17. Native American Shields Art Lesson Plan

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.

Native American Shields: History & Design

18. Native American Shields: History & Design

Shields are an important part of any warring culture, but in Amerindian nations these objects had unique significance. In this lesson, we'll explore the design and use of Amerindian shields, and see what role they played in Amerindian warfare.

Native American Poetry Lesson Plan

19. Native American Poetry Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will be exposed to the central themes and influences of Native American poetry. They will then conduct group activities to analyze and interpret notable poetic works.

Native American Poetry: Traditional Poems & Poets

20. Native American Poetry: Traditional Poems & Poets

Native American traditional poems and poets make up a distinct category of authors who have a unique style that still relates to universal themes. This lesson will explore some traditional Native American poems and several Native American poets.

Totem Pole Lesson Plan

21. Totem Pole Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have all you need to help students fully appreciate the historical and cultural importance of totem poles to the peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

Native American Totem Poles: Definition & Symbols

22. Native American Totem Poles: Definition & Symbols

One of the most famous Native American artistic traditions is that of the totem pole. In this lesson, we'll look at what these meant as well as who actually used them.

Incan Pottery Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Incan Pottery Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What is unique about Incan pottery and what role did it play in the culture? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about Incan pottery for the class. An activity gives students the chance to replicate a piece of Incan pottery.

Inca Art, Pottery, & Designs Lesson for Kids

24. Inca Art, Pottery, & Designs Lesson for Kids

The Inca civilization of Peru is known for their incredible ability to design and produce art, particularly pottery and textiles. This lesson will teach you about the types of art the Incas are famous for.

Native American Musical Instruments Lesson Plan

25. Native American Musical Instruments Lesson Plan

Teach your students about Native American instruments with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains common North American instruments and their uses, engage in discussion, then dig more deeply into content.

Native American Musical Instruments: History & Types

26. Native American Musical Instruments: History & Types

This lesson introduces traditional Native American music and the instruments used, including the human voice. As the continent is large, there are a variety of different styles of instruments and expression of music.

Native American Pottery Lesson Plan

27. Native American Pottery Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help students learn about Native American pottery. Students will be able to answer questions about the history of Native American pottery making and use content-specific language when describing the process.

Native American Pottery: History, Facts & Symbols

28. Native American Pottery: History, Facts & Symbols

This lesson will focus on the history of Native American pottery and facts about pottery making and the symbolism used in decoration. Following this, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.

Native American Clothing Lesson Plan

29. Native American Clothing Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about Native American clothing. Students will read a text lesson, participate in a related activity, and check their understanding with a short quiz.

Native American Clothing: History & Facts

30. Native American Clothing: History & Facts

Clothing is a big part of life in North America today, but there's a much longer history here than we sometimes consider. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of Native American clothing and see what it looked like over time.

Navajo Weaving Lesson Plan

31. Navajo Weaving Lesson Plan

If you are discussing Navajo Indians, this lesson plan explores their contribution to weaving. Students will read two text lessons and engage in discussion questions. They will then apply the concepts they just learned in a hands-on activity to create their own Navajo weaving.

Navajo Weaving: History & Patterns

32. Navajo Weaving: History & Patterns

Weaving is one of the most important art forms in Navajo society. In this lesson, we'll explore some of their major artistic motifs and see what they have meant to the Navajo over time.

Navajo Weaving: Tools & Techniques

33. Navajo Weaving: Tools & Techniques

Navajo rugs and blankets were historically vital to the Navajo economy and have been sought-after items for over 150 years. How did a culture create such beautiful weaving without the use of modern weaving machinery? This lesson will discuss the tools and techniques of Navajo weaving.

Totem Pole Project Ideas

34. Totem Pole Project Ideas

The totem pole is an important part of cultural identity for many Native American/First Nation cultures. These project ideas can help students learn more about the totem pole, its history, and its meanings.

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