On the Trail of Discovery: Native Americans
Designed by Jan Wolfgramm
Your research team will travel into the past to learn about a Native American tribe, their homes, foods, and clothing. Be prepared to teach the rest of the class about the tribe you study.
1.First, you will be assigned to a team of three students; then, your team will be assigned a region to study.
2. Each member of your team will choose a topic for study: food, clothing, or homes. Your teacher will give you a research guide to help you know what information to include in your report. Research for information in the books available in the classroom and on the websites listed here. Use your journal to record the information you have gathered.
3. Once you have gathered the information on your topic write a paragraph describing the topic. Be sure your paragraph has a topic sentence, sentences with supporting details, and a concluding sentence. Type this paragraph using Microsoft Word.
4. When your team has gathered the information use it to prepare a slideshow in PowerPoint about the Native Americans you studied. Be sure you use storyboards to plan your slides. Donít forget to include graphics in your presentation.
5. Present your PowerPoint presentation to the members of our class.
1. Read a legend from a Native American tribe from the region you have researched. See your teacher for copies of legends or use a legend found on the websites listed under Legends.
2. Your team should write a brief summary of the legend then you will act out the legend in front of the class.
3. As a class we will compare and contrast the legends from the different regions.
Areas of Study
The Iroquois of the Northeast
A good site by the Carnegie Museum.
Information about the confederacy of the Iroquois.
Identifies the tribes once found in the Ohio region. Click on a tribe to find about them.
The life of a Mohawk Indian.
Scenes from the Eastern Woodlands
This is a virtual tour of the daily life of the Woodlands Indians.
This site links to information on many of the Northeast tribes. This site also includes information on The Three Sisters, legends, and a trivia quiz.
This site lists information related to the history of the Wampanoag tribe. The vocabulary may be difficult for some students.
The Stockbridge Munsee Tribe of Mohican Indians
This site gives background information on the Mohicans. There is also an area with Mohican words with their English equivalents.
Narragansett Bay: A Friends Perspective
This site contains original source material, but the reading level may be to difficult for most third graders.
Iroquois Legends Page
Shako:wi Cutural Center
Go on a virtual tour.
Listen to the Onedia language
Two Row wampum Belt
Eastern Woodlands Culture
The Seminole Tribe of Florida
An in depth look at the Seminole Tribe. Go to the History and Culture segments.
A brief introduction to the Cherokee Indians.
A brief introduction to the Creek Indians.
Native Americans of the Plains
A Day in the Life of an Indian Boy
Through a question/answer process the typical day of a Sioux boy is discovered.
Information on the Missouri Indians, a tribe of the Sioux Nation.
Plains Indian Culture
A good general site on the Native Americans of the Plains.
Stories from a Buffalo Hide Painting
This activity explores the role of the buffalo in the lives of the American Indians of the northern plains. This is on a site by the Smithsonian Museum.
The Lakota of the Plains
A good site by the Carnegie Museum.
The Great Sioux Nation
Slide show of a PowWow.
A brief biography of Crazy Horse.
The Hopis of the Southwest
An excellent site by the Carnegie Museum
Southwestern United States Rock Art Gallery
This page is devoted to Native American Rock Art of the Southwestern United States. Currently, most images on this page are from Utah. This will change as time permits.
Adobe Building Game
Build an adobe building.
Rock Art Pages by James Q. Jacobs
This site contains links to some of the best rock art from the desert West and Southwest. Most of the pages contain numerous graphics.
When studying the art of Native Americans students may view these pages to learn about rock art. This would be a good introduction into rock art prior to an art project of rock art.
Native Americans of the Southwest
Textiles of the North American Southwest
A virtual tour of a kiva.
California Indian Tribal Groups
A map of California with all the tribes marked on the map.
Alternate Names and/or Spellings for Tribal Groups
A listing of the tribes and the other names by which they may be known.
Shapes and Uses of California Indian Basketry
This site shows various baskets and there uses of the California tribes.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park
A look at Cliff Dwellings.
Archival photos of the Nez Perce.
History and Culture of the Nez Perce
Farewell Address by Chief Joesph
Brief history of the Nez Perce
Nez Perce and Jackson Sundown
A brief history of this famous member of the Nez Perce tribe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions answered regarding shelter, food, clothing, etc of the Nez Perce
A short biography of Chief Joseph.
A picture and biography.
A Native American Perspective
The Native American Perspective of the Lewis and Clark trip.
Lewis and Clark in Idaho
Information on the Lewis and Clark trip and the Indian perspective.
Peoples of the Northwest
The Northwest Culture
The First Totem Pole
Read an illustrated story based on the Haida legend of the very first totem pole.
Find out about totem pole symbols and myths, what the phrase "low man on the totem pole" means, and places you can go to find them.
A History of the Northwest Coast
The Tlingit of the Northwest Coast
A good site by the Carnegie Museum.
A site concerning the Inuit culture.
The Hall of the People
Old Crow: Land of the Vuntut Gwitch'in
The Vuntut Gwitch'in have made a homepage about their land "to share our deep concerns about the possible threats to our culture and lifestyle, which would result from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the birthing grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd" which they still hunt. The pages were written by children, parents and elders and they "want the people of the world to know about the many challenges we face in order to continue our lifestyle, which was lived for many generations in harmony with the ecosystem."
Native American Legends
The Native American Bedtime Story Collection
A collection of Native American stories students may read. Students may read specific stories for a tribe that they are researching. It would be a good resource for a story to dramatize.
Native American History and Culture
This site has several sites that a student may visit to learn about different aspects of Native American life.
Native American Shelters
This is an easy to use site explaining the various types of homes built by Native Americans.
The First Americans
This site has information on tribes from several regions.
This site covers the Dine, Muscogee, Tlingit, Lakota, and Iroquois.
Marilee's Native Americans Resource
This site contains links to many sites about several Native American tribes.
Comparison of the First Nations Peoples of Canada
This site compares the Iroquois, Inuit, Haida, and Blackfoot tribes.
History, Legends & Other Info
This site includes facts (on most tribes) that cover language, housing, daily life pre- and post- white man's appearance, historical data----and it all comes from objective records or from interviews of a Native American person.
A brief overview of the basic types of shelters.
Native American Website for Children
Each studentís PowerPoint slides will be scored using the following scores:
1(Beginning), 2(Developing), or 3(Exemplary).