Teach your students about the history of Native Americans and present-day Native American cultures with interactive online activities, book resources, games, and art projects.
- Locate each Native American region on a map
- Create a map that includes such elements as title, compass rose, and key
- A book with a map and/or an online resource that shows your students where each region is located
- Blank Map of North America printable
- Crayons or colored pencils for each student
- Preview the map and/or bookmark the websites you’ll use for instruction.
- Make a copy of the Blank Map of North America printable for each student.
Step 1: Ask your class: Who are Native Americans? Where are they from?
Tell the class:
Native Americans are the people who lived in America before people from other countries arrived. Native Americans lived all over America, in different areas of land, which we call regions. Each region is different, and had different tribes living in it.
Step 2: Give the students the names of regions where Native Americans are from:
Ask your students to predict where each region is located.
Step 3: Tell the class:
You’re going to create a map showing each region’s location. You will create a map key, include a map title, and add a compass rose.
Step 4: Pass out the Blank Map of North America printable to your students and have them write a title in the top box. Next, have them draw a compass rose in the upper right-hand box.
Step 5: Tell your students to create the map key in the lower left-hand box. Explain:
This map will be colored or shaded and the key will explain what each color or shade means. Write the name of each region in the map key and assign it a color. Then locate and color each region on the map.
Step 6: The students independently complete their maps.
Research where Native Americans live in the United States today. Where are the Indian reservations today? Do tribes live near the region where they used to live? Compare and contrast the maps.
- The student accurately located each region
- The student included a map key, a title, and a compass rose
Lesson plan written by Sarah Denton. Sarah Denton taught PreK and first grade. She was ESL-certified and the PreK-2 member of her school's Instructional Leadership Team.