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Ch 4: Native Americans in the 1800s: History Lesson Plans

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These lesson plans provide easy to follow ideas and examples that allow you to cover the most important aspects of 19th-century Native American history in your history class. You will also find corresponding video and text lessons that you can share with your students to increase their comprehension.

Native Americans in the 1800s: History Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes a collection of lesson plans, with corresponding lessons, that cover important topics, people and events related to Native American life in the 1800s. The outlines provided help lighten the load of creating a new syllabus for your history class. Some of the topics included in this chapter are:

  • Major conflicts between Native Americans and the U.S. government
  • The Indian Removal Act
  • Different tribes active in this time period
  • Buffalo soldiers
  • Famous Native American leaders, including Sitting Bull
  • Native American culture
  • The ceremony at Wounded Knee

Every lesson plan provides a range of activities, important facts and useful teaching strategies you can use to enhance your student's learning experience.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Ensures all your history lessons meet state and federal testing standards
  • Additional resources: The lesson plans includes related text and video lessons on each topic that you can use as a teaching tool in class and show your students examples of Native American culture
  • Activities or games: Each lesson plan includes class activities and project ideas related to the history of Native Americans to enliven your classroom and increase student participation

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning 19th-century Native American history lessons easy.

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

28 Lessons in Chapter 4: Native Americans in the 1800s: History Lesson Plans
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Chief Joseph Lesson Plan

1. Chief Joseph Lesson Plan

This lesson will explore the peaceful efforts of Chief Joseph and his son to negotiate a reasonable agreement with the United States. This lesson includes a reading assignment, geography activity and quiz.

Chief Joseph the Elder of the Nez Perce: History & Facts

2. Chief Joseph the Elder of the Nez Perce: History & Facts

In this lesson we explore Chief Joseph the Elder. Born as Tuekakas, the mid-19th century Nez Perce chief originally promoted peace with the white American settlers.

Sitting Bull Lesson Plan

3. Sitting Bull Lesson Plan

The influence and historical significance of Sitting Bull is undeniable. This lesson plan uses a text lesson and a memorable activity to deliver meaningful instruction on the life and influence of Sitting Bull.

Sitting Bull: Facts, History & Timeline

4. Sitting Bull: Facts, History & Timeline

The United States government has an extensive history of mistreating Indian tribes and forcing tribal leaders into signing treaties. One of the most recognized cases of mistreatment was the treatment of the Lakota Sioux tribe of the Great Plains. Learn here about Chief Sitting Bull's life and battles with the United States government.

Indian Removal Act Lesson Plan

5. Indian Removal Act Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Students will watch a video lesson outlining the events and timeline of the Indian Removal Act, learning about reasons it happened and resistance to it. Follow up with discussion questions, a quiz and an activity.

Indian Removal Act of 1830: Summary, Timeline & Facts

6. Indian Removal Act of 1830: Summary, Timeline & Facts

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was expected to remove and relocate Indian nations that existed in the Southern United States in order to advance white settlement. Learn about the legislation and the difficult battle that ensued between the United States and Native Americans.

What Was the Trail of Tears? - Facts, History & Route

7. What Was the Trail of Tears? - Facts, History & Route

The Trail of Tears was the primary passage toward federally created Indian lands west of the Mississippi River. Learn about the history of the forced Indian removal and the devastation that occurred to native groups along their painful journey to their new home.

Trail of Tears Activities for Kids

8. Trail of Tears Activities for Kids

The Trail of Tears was a traumatic and controversial part of American history. Use these activities to help younger students understand the events of the Trail of Tears and its impact on United States and Native American history.

Sand Creek Massacre Lesson Plan

9. Sand Creek Massacre Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with numerous key terms, warm-up questions, discussion topics, a quiz, and an activity that will help students understand the topics surrounding the Sand Creek Massacre.

Sand Creek & the Red River War: American Indian Wars

10. Sand Creek & the Red River War: American Indian Wars

This lesson will explain the Massacre at Sand Creek and the Red River War. It will highlight the roles of Black Kettle and John Chivington. It will also discuss the treaties of Medicine Lodge and Laramie.

Buffalo Soldiers Lesson Plan

11. Buffalo Soldiers Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Buffalo Soldiers. Students will read an informational text defining who they were, their history and legacy, and apply the information in interactive ways to make learning stick.

Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts

12. Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts

African-Americans have fought in military conflicts since 1777. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, compromised of former slaves, freemen, and black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.

Great Plains Indians Lesson Plan

13. Great Plains Indians Lesson Plan

Teachers, if you are teaching a lesson on Indian tribes or the early 19th century, this lesson on the Great Plain Indians provides a vocabulary assignment, a text and video lesson, discussion questions, group presentation and quiz.

Sioux Indian Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

14. Sioux Indian Tribe: History, Facts & Culture

In this lesson, you'll travel back in time and learn about the Sioux Indian tribe of the Great Plains, including their origins and culture. Topics covered will include the Great Sioux War of 1876, Battle of the Little Bighorn, and Massacre at Wounded Knee.

Native American Cultures of the Plains

15. Native American Cultures of the Plains

There are many stereotypical images of Native American cultures from the Great Plains, but how accurate are they? In this lesson we'll briefly explore the realities of the cultures who lived on the Plains.

Wounded Knee Lesson Plan

16. Wounded Knee Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the massacre at Wounded Knee. A text and video lesson give a historical overview of the events leading up to Wounded Knee, followed by reflections, discussions and activities to make learning stick.

Massacre at Wounded Knee: Summary & History

17. Massacre at Wounded Knee: Summary & History

The battle between U.S. military troops and Lakota Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota on December 29, 1890, resulted in the deaths of perhaps 300 Sioux men, women, and children. The massacre at Wounded Knee was the last major battle of the Indian Wars of the late 19th century.

Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee: Definition & Ceremony

18. Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee: Definition & Ceremony

Native American tribes often gather for large prayer ceremonies with dancing and feasts. In this lesson, we'll talk about the Ghost Dance, which was one of these prayer ceremonies, and its importance in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Iroquois League Lesson Plan

19. Iroquois League Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Iroquois Indians. Students will read a text lesson explaining who they were, how they lived, and the impact of Europeans on their lives. Strengthen learning with activities and discussion questions, and check understanding with a quiz.

The Iroquois League: Definition & History

20. The Iroquois League: Definition & History

The Iroquois were warriors who once fought with their neighbors and among themselves. Learn how and why these natives of the New World formed the Iroquois League and how it contributed to their survival.

Iroquois Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Iroquois Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the Iroquois. Students will read a text lesson that explains who the Iroquois are, how they formed as a tribe, and other facts about this group. Students will discuss the content, then apply their knowledge in an activity.

Ojibwe Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Ojibwe Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Ojibwe tribe. Students will read a text lesson that explains their lives, then apply understanding to an active project to show understanding.

Ojibwe Tribe Lesson for Kids: Culture & Facts

23. Ojibwe Tribe Lesson for Kids: Culture & Facts

You may consider yourself German, African American, Mexican, Somali, or a part of another group, of people. Each of these cultural groups or populations have food, holidays, and traditions they follow. Let's learn more about Ojibwe culture, one of the largest Native American tribes around today.

Native American Math Lesson Plan

24. Native American Math Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about the development of mathematics among Native American tribes. Students will read a text lesson, participate in a group project, and take a quiz.

Native American Mathematics: History & Mathematicians

25. Native American Mathematics: History & Mathematicians

Mathematics systems are not always the first parts of Native American cultures we talk about, but should they be? In this lesson, we'll look at historic and modern roles of math among Native American cultures.

Trail of Tears Lesson Plan

26. Trail of Tears Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students about the Trail of Tears. Examine the timeline of events, explain the removal of Native Americans, and evaluate the effects on the Cherokee Nation. Finish with a RAFT writing assignment.

The Trail of Tears Lesson Plan for High School

27. The Trail of Tears Lesson Plan for High School

This lesson plan is for teachers who are creating lessons about the Trail of Tears for high school students. Students will learn about the events leading up to the Trail of Tears, as well as the hardships that were endured.

Trail Of Tears Discussion Questions

28. Trail Of Tears Discussion Questions

The Trail of Tears is a cringeworthy moment in U.S. history where Native Americans were forced off of their land and relocated. Use these questions in your middle- and high-school history classes to help students think critically about the event.

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