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In this creation myths worksheet, students match the 15 Native American creation stories or characters listed with the appropriate 15 descriptions.
Eleventh graders examine the background of Native American myths and legends.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders read a myth out loud to their classmates.  Students compare and contrast their myths with other ones.  Students create paintings or illustrations that depict the story (use traditional art materials or the computer - PowerPoint, Kid Pix, or any graphic program).
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online. This lesson uses a program called HyperStudio to create the final drafts of the storyboards; however, it could be easily adapted to be done without this program.
Incorporating research and project-based learning while celebrating Native American Heritage Month.
Eleventh graders create a myth concerning a Native American Legend from North Carolina. Using traditional and internet research methods, 11th graders explore a local Native American myth and compare and contrast it to a myth from another region. Their research concluded with the creation of their own Native American myth.
Students examine how Chief Joseph attempted to challenge stereotypes about Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, students read "An Indian's Views of Indian Affairs," and then paraphrase the selection. Students also respond to discussion questions about Indian Removal Policies and life on reservations.
Students explore major events in Native American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For this American history lesson, students listen to lectures, examine photographs, and analyze music regarding Native American history and culture. Students research selected Native American topics and write a poem or new report of their research findings.
Fourth graders become immersed in the culture of the Native Americans. They use centers in order to experiment making different Indian crafts. Students also investigate the origin of my name and see if their is a possibility.

Creation Stories

9th - 12th
Students explore Native American creation stories. For this Native American lesson, students research Native American culture, social structure, and religious beliefs as they compare and contrast the different elements of Native American creation stories.
Students complete a unit on the history of Native Americans. They explore various websites, draw pictures of Native American homes, create a poster highlighting a period in Native American history, and construct a replica of a Native American flag for display.
Students research Native American groups and compile information into a web/chart with various categories. They read and summarize folktales from their assigned group and then present their research to the class. They compare their group to others.
Upper elementary learners research the various Native American nations encountered during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They work in groups researching Native American communities, prepare a slide show demonstrating various aspects of their lives, and give an oral presentation to share what they discovered.
Third graders listen to a read aloud of Tomie de Paolo's, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and discuss what they discover about Native American culture. They view Native American pictographs at a website before designing their own autobiographies using symbols. They illustrate and share their stories.
Fifth graders identify seven different constellations and explain a myth that accompanies it. As a class, they listen to myths associated with the Greek and Native American cultures. To end the lesson, they write their own myth related to their culture.
Students investigate how Native American containers changed over time and how the use of pottery changed their lifestyle. They create a pottery container.
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze select passages from Plains Indians by Dana Newmann and The World of Native Americans by Marion Wood. Students discuss Native American cultures and their reactions to Manifest Destiny.
Young scholars discuss Native American culture and musical techniques after viewing a video of Charles Littleleaf, a member of the Warm Springs tribe and a creator of Native American wood flutes.
Seventh graders define the words: folktale, legend and myth. They also work together in cooperative groups and use creative thinking to perform a Native American folktale from a list.
Students examine the types of containers used by Native Americans. They discover how their form and function has changed over time. They create their own container based on the Native American examples.
Students examine the role of myths and folklore in the Native American culture. They listen to examples of oral history and write their own. They share their story with the class.

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