Native American Stories Teacher Resources
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Lesson: Factors in a Successful College Experience
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling
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.
1st - 4th English Language Arts
Native American Indian Tribes Encountered by the Corps of Discovery
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.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Tribes and Colonists
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling, illustrations, and literature response to complete daily expectations.
5th - 7th English Language Arts
Factors in a Successful College Experience
How does community or cultural identity influence the decisions to attend or graduate from college? Clips from the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill, introduce class members to the issues two Native American seniors face as they consider post-high school plans.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Sharing Stories; Discovering Cultures Lesson 4: Stories of Heroes
Tenth graders brainstorm heroic characters that have been portrayed in film and television, examine characteristics that different cultures ascribe to heroes, distinguish between real-life and fantasy heroes, research heroic character from myth of any culture, and create mind-map to display and present information.
10th English Language Arts
Native American History
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Youngsters practice retelling a part of their favorite Native American tale to a small group of their peers. Peer partners assess each others performances. To keep comments positive and constructive, consider giving your class sentence structures to use.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Children's Literature Across the Curriculum Ideas-Dancing With the Indians
Students read Dancing With the Indians by Angela Shelf Medearis. They complete a variety of cross-curricular activities surrounding the study of Native American festivals and traditions. Included are reading, art, math, science, writing, social studies, and library connections.
K - 5th Social Studies & History
Lesson: Reflecting Social Status
More space, in this case, means more status. Kids consider the status assigned to Tlingits via house partition. They discuss a carved piece that shows household space partitioned by status. They then write their own clan stories and draw a similar image, showing status and space allocation.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Human Settlement Patterns: Rethinking Columbus
Students discover the true history of the United States by examining Christopher Columbus. In this U.S. History lesson, students investigate the true history of Christopher Columbus' travels and discuss the actual first inhabitants of the United States.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Native American Vocabulary
If your class is learning about Native American culture or life, a vocabulary sheet might come in handy. There are 12 terms, each with a full definition included. Terms include buffalo, tepee, hogan, wampum, prairie, tribe, myth, clan, lacrosse, ceremony, and compromise, perfect for 3rd or 4th grade.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History
Native American Vocabulary Quiz
Learning about Native American culture? Consider using this matching exercise either as a quiz (as it's labelled) or simply independent practice. Kids recall the meanings of 11 vocabulary words: compromise, wampum, ceremony, hogan, tepee, buffalo, lacrosse, clan, myth, tribe, and prairie.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History