Lesson Plan

Lifestyles of Native Americans

Students will take on the lifestyle of a Native American living during the time of the Pilgrim arrival at Plymouth Rock.
Cresta K.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to...

  1. Identify the cultures of different Native American groups (i.e. sources of food, clothing, homes, products used)
  2. Locate where various Native American groups settled in North America
  3.  Explain how different geographical factors impacted Native American groups
Social Studies
cultural understanding
Grades 2 - 4
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1 Hook

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Instruct students to log in and proceed to the movie titled "American Indians".  There students can watch the movie and activate prior knowledge about what they know about Native Americans.  As a class review what points the movie covered and have students take the quiz.  Review any questions they have before moving to the next step. 

2 Direct Instruction

Open the interactive map and discuss with students the various tribal designations shown.  Using the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, show students that each tribe and their individual culture is explained in greater detail.

3 Collaborative Group Work

Explain that student groups will create a Padlet about a specific tribe they are assigned; tribes will be chosen from the interactive map site.  Direct students to their groups and assign the tribal groups.  Students may use any resources they find appropriate for their assignment; the interactive map is a starting point. 

The Padlet must include:

  • Title: tribe name
  • Type of shelters used
  • Types of foods eaten
  • Type of clothing worn
  • Type of culture (hunters, gatherers, farmers, etc.)
  • 3 or more interesting facts about the tribe 

Padlet must include at least four pictures.

4 Sharing Session

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Student groups will share their Padlet with the class; classmates will praise student work and ask questions as appropriate.  

For a concluding activity students will complete a short writing prompt responding to the following question: 

Would you have liked to live in a Native American tribe during the 1500s?  Be sure to give at least three details to support your choice.  Think about it...

  • If you would want to live in a tribe, which tribe would you choose and why?  What seems interesting to you?
  • If you don't want to live in a tribe, why?  What is unappealing to you?