Native American/First Nations Lesson Plans

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By peoples, tribes, associations


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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics.  For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject.  A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations.  While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.

Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic are too numerous for a single list.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


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Activities to Celebrate Native American Heritage __ A collection of activities and lesson plans about Native American Heritage. goals, procedure and materials needed. - From -  

Between Aztlan and Quivira: Europeans and Indians in the Southwestern United States __  An in-depth study of the Southwestern Indians with basic lesson plan, activities and reading lists for both teacher and student.  goals, procedure and materials needed - From Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - 

Eastern Woodlands Lesson Plans __ You will find a double handful of lesson plans about Eastern Woodlands Native Americans with goals, procedures and materials needed. - From -


First Nations __ Here are a half dozen lesson plans. - From Comox Valley School District - 

First Nations Land Treaties - Social Studies Lesson Plan __ "By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: # Give the three main reasons why the Aboriginal people signed treaties. # List three promises the Aboriginal people made in the creation of treaty number seven. # Evaluate whether or not the promises that the Europeans made were fair in the creation of treaty number seven. # Determine by asking their parents, neighbors or other teachers what types of land claims still exist today." - From - 

First Nations Lesson Plans __ Click on the "First Nations Lesson Plans" to access a handful of First Nation and Native American lesson plans. - From Debbie's Unit Factory -

First Nations in the Media __ "Are the Aboriginal people portrayed in a positive or negative manner by the media?"  Goals, materials, procedure - From -

First Nations Oral Tradition, Lesson Plans __ A selection of four lesson plans and classroom activities centered on First Nations oral traditions.  Goals and procedure - From -

First Nations Art __ "Critical Question: Which form of Northwest Coast art is most impressive?"  Goals, procedure, materials - From -   


Indian Removal Act__ "Students act as journalists reporting on the Indian Removal Act. They visit designated web sites and write factual articles about the developments."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Digital History - 

Lesson Plan __ "How are American Indians represented in today's society? What objects and practices do we associate with Indian culture? What are some actual customs and traditions of specific Native American groups? What are some cultural traditions and customs that have changed over the centuries? Which ones have continued into the present?"  In this lesson plan your students will answer all these questions. - From National Endowment for the Humanities - 

Lesson Plan Anasazi Indians __ "This lesson uses Native American art to acquaint students with the culture of the Anasazi and the lands where they lived."  Goals, procedure, materials - From -

Mrs Donn's Special Sections - Native Americans __ Resources, lesson plans and much more. - From - 

Native American Glossary __ "Students create a glossary of words used in the English language that have Native American origins."  Goals, procedure and needed materials. - From - 

Native American History--U.S. History/Literature/Geography lesson plan __ "Students will understand the following: 1.Chief Joseph was well educated and articulate in English. 2. Chief Joseph tried to break white people’s stereotypes about Native Americans." - goals, precedure and needed materials. - From - 


Native American Lesson Plans __ Here are eight lesson plans about Native Americans with goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 

Native Americans __ Several lesson plans and class activities broken into regions: northwest, southwest, plains and woodland. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 

Native Americans Theme - Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Printables, Worksheets, and More...__You will find several lesson plans and other resources. - From - 

Not 'Indians,' Many Tribes: Native American Diversity __ "What comes to mind for your students when they think of "Indians" or "Native Americans"? In this unit, students will heighten their awareness of Native American diversity as they learn about three vastly different Native groups in a game-like activity using archival documents such as vintage photographs, traditional stories, photos of artifacts, and recipes. One factor influencing Native American diversity is environment. Help your students study the interaction between environment and culture."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From National Endowment for the Humanities -

Plains Indians: An Interdisciplinary Unit of Study __ An in-depth study of the Plains Indians with basic lesson plan, activities and reading lists for both teacher and student.  goals, procedure and materials needed - From Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - 

ProTeacher! Native Americans lesson plans for elementary school teachers in grades K-6 including Columbus, literature activities, programs and thematic units, information on tribal history, classroom and teaching ideas (north america indian tribes) __ A few dozen free lesson plans. - From -

The Teacher's Guide Native Americans Theme Page __ A good collection of lesson plans about Native Americans and more. - From -  

Teaching from Objects and Stories__ Here are three lesson plans about the Bering Sea Eskimos.  goals, procedure and materials needed. - From The Smithsonian - 


Teaching with Historic Places -- Native American Lesson Plans __ "To celebrate American Indian Heritage and generate public appreciation for diverse cultures, Teaching with Historic Places has posted on the web the following lesson plans that consider important aspects of American Indian history. These lessons, based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From National Park Service - 

Trail of Tears __ Several good ideas on teaching this topic. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 

Tribal fact Book __ "Students will work in cooperative groups, choose a Native American tribe and make a historical fact book outlining Native American history. The students will need to include information on how the tribe was affected by the aggression of white settlers. This activity will take 3 weeks."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 


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