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Celebrate Native Americans in
the Classroom

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month -- the perfect time to explore Education World's resources on the history and culture of America's original inhabitants.



Activities to Celebrate Native American Heritage
November is National American Indian Heritage Month. This week, Education World offers 12 lessons to help students learn about Native American history and cultures. Included: Activities that involve students in dramatizing folktales, learning new words, preparing traditional foods, and much more!

Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum
Blast stereotypes with across-the-curriculum activities for students of all ages. These activities will help teachers present a balanced portrayal of Native Americans today -- their history, their culture, and their issues.

Plains Indians Pictographs
Laura Wolfram, who teaches at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York, submitted this week's lesson, in which students design their own pictograph sentences on scraps of "buffalo hide."

Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
Kellie Replogle, a soon-to-be teacher, submitted this weeks lesson. Students use a Venn diagram to compare two popular childrens stories -- Cinderella and the native tale The Rough-Face Girl.

Yours and My Trail of Tears
Marcus Garcia, who teaches at Lincoln School in Stockton, California, submitted this lesson in which a simulation teaches students about the forced relocation of Cherokees along the Trail of Tears. (Grades 6-12)

The Native American Legacy
Follow the yearly cycle of 12 full moons to learn about the lives of the early Algonquian people. Have your class perform a play based on a Native American folktale. Help students create Native American jewelry, clothing, and other crafts...

American Indians and the Natural World
This site is a wonderful resource for information about Native Americans, their beliefs, and their customs. Each main section takes an in-depth look at one of four tribes of American Indians. A case study of each tribe discusses how the people developed and maintained their unique society in their particular geographical location.

History of the Cherokee
This site covers the history of the Cherokee, beginning with the creation of the world according to Cherokee legend. The site moves on to explore pre- and post-Western contact, the Trail of Tears, the impact of the Civil War on Cherokee lands, and more.

An extensive gathering of resources on the history of Native American tribes.

Custer Battlefield
The Web site focuses on the Custer Battlefield, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and the Plains Indian Wars.

Indigenous People's Literature
A compilation of writings and information about indigenous peoples from around the world.

Great Sites for Teaching About... Native Americans
Each week, the Education World Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about Native Americans.

Native Americans Sites to See
By the time the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, Native American groups had spread throughout the continent; each with its own name, language, beliefs, and way of life. Explore the varied American Indian histories and cultures and learn how they affect life today.

Sitting Bull: A New Biography
A biography of Sitting Bull sheds light on the Lakota chief who won the battle and fought to maintain his people's way of life.

The Real American West
Proud Native Americans, brave explorers,ambitious prospectors, groundbreaking women. This week, Education World celebrates the history, spirit, and people of the American West in two new and very different books.

The American West
This site has an enormous amount of information to cover and does it very well. The site focuses on the "old West" and includes information on cowboys, Native Americans, pioneers and pioneer towns, explorers and more.

Education World Subject Centers

Check for other resources on teaching about Native Americans in the Education World Social Sciences Center and the History Center.