Native Americans is one of my most favorite topics to teach. It doesn’t matter the grade level; students are fascinated and become active learners when studying about different tribes, customs, etc.
One great way to begin your exploration is with this Native American chart. Each box contains links to information written by students. The webpages are not only full of great information but student-made dioramas, Native American crafts, and costumes.
Another fun way to teach about Native Americans is with this free lap book. You can download it from Teachers Pay Teachers by simply clicking on the image below.
Thanksgiving Book and Game includes a turnaround upside down book as well as a comprehension game. With the turn around upside down book, students read about the Pilgrims from the beginning of the book to the center. They will then close the book, turn it upside down, and read the story of Squanto from the “new” beginning to the center.
The stories are written on an early fourth grade reading level. They could easily be adapted for younger students with the teacher reading the stories orally. The photos in this book were taken at Plimoth Plantation while I was on vacation.
After reading the book, students will play a game with comprehension questions related to the stories. Students move around the board game while answering inference questions including cause/effect, problem/solution, importance of setting, etc. covering several Common Core Standards.
I hope your students will have a blast with these activities! Just click on one of the images below to get the free book.
Many great books with a Native American theme are available. Click on the image below to see
Lesson Plans for Teaching Reading With a Native American Theme.