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Where Are Native Americans Today?


Social Studies
----U.S. History



Brief Description

Students will read about the history of Native American tribes and learn where members of those tribes live today.


Students will

  • read about the history of Native American tribes;
  • create facsimiles of those tribes flags;
  • attach flags to spots on the map indication the current location of those tribes.


Native Americans, American Indians, flags

Materials Needed:

Lesson Plan

Depending on their ability and grade level, students can work on this activity individually, in pairs, or in small groups. Invite each student or group to go to The Flags of the Native Peoples of the United States, scroll to section 6 (beneath the teepee), and choose a Native American tribe to read about. (Be sure every student or group chooses a different tribe.)

Ask students to click the name of their chosen tribe and read about the tribe's flag, history, and culture, particularly noting the present location of tribal lands. Then have students draw and cut out a facsimile of their chosen tribe's flag.

On a classroom bulletin board, display a large map of the United States. Invite students to attach their flags to the spots on the map where each tribe is currently located. Repeat the activity until the locations of all the tribes are marked on the map. Encourage students to explore additional links and resources to learn more about each Native American group.

Extension Activity: Encourage each student to design a classroom flag and then vote on the winning entry.


Assess students based on their participation in the activity.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and Working together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago
NSS-USH.K-4.2 The History of Students' Own State or Region
NSS-USH.K-4.3 The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
NSS-USH.K-4.4 The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-USH.5-12.1 Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
NSS-USH.5-12.2 Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
NSS-USH.5-12.3 Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
NSS-USH.5-12.4 Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
NSS-USH.5-12.5 Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
NSS-USH.5-12.6 Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
NSS-USH.5-12.7 Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
NSS-USH.5-12.8 Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
NSS-USH.5-12.9 Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
NSS-USH.5-12.10 Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the Present)

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