This unit will introduce students to Native Americans. It will provide an overview of various Native American groups in different geographical locations across America. The unit will progress into an in-depth study of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe, including an examination of daily family life and how the tribe met their basic needs. Furthermore, the unit will cover the Wampanoag’s role in helping the Pilgrims and celebrating the first Thanksgiving.
Students will understand that different Native American groups lived in different parts of the country, becoming familiar with their ways of life and family structure. Students will also learn how Native Americans met their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter) with hunting, growing crops, and building. In addition, students will understand contributions that the Native Americans made to our country. Finally, students will gain an appreciation for cultures other than their own.
Lesson #1: What do we Know About Native Americans?
Lesson #2: Native Americans Migrate from Asia
Lesson #3: Regions of North America
Lesson #4: Pacific Northwest Native American Nations
Lesson #5: Great Basin Native American Nation
Lesson #6: Southwest Native American Nation
Lesson #7: Plains Native American Nation
Lesson #8: Eastern Woodlands Native American Nation
Lesson #9: The Life of a Wampanoag Family
Lesson #10: The First Thanksgiving I
Lesson #11: The First Thanksgiving II
Lesson #12: Final Review and Assessment
Unit Resources include:
Native American Migration
Map of Native American Nations
Book of Native American Nations
Pacific Northwest Nation
Great Basin Nation
Eastern Woodlands Nation
I am a Wampanoag Child
Thanksgiving Venn Diagram
Background Information for Teachers