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.

Lessons include:

  • 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:

  • Vocabulary Cards
  • KWL Chart
  • Native American Migration
  • Map of Native American Nations
  • Book of Native American Nations
  • Pacific Northwest Nation
  • Great Basin Nation
  • Southwest Nation
  • Plains Nation
  • Eastern Woodlands Nation
  • I am a Wampanoag Child
  • Thanksgiving Venn Diagram
  • Final Assessment
  • Background Information for Teachers

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This guide provides an overview of the entire unit, including unit objectives, unit calendar, best practices, and standards. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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This lesson will introduce students to the concept of Native Americans and explore their prior knowledge. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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This lesson will explain to students how the Native Americans came to North America. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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This lesson will introduce students to different regions of North America. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn key aspects of Pacific Northwest Native American life. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn key aspects of Great Basin Native American life. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn key aspects of Southwest Native American life. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn key aspects of Plains Native American life. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn key aspects of Eastern Woodlands Native American life. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will examine the daily life on the Wampanoag Nation, focusing on a day in the life of a Wampanoag child. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will learn the story of Thanksgiving from the view of Wampanoag Native Americans. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will review the story of Thanksgiving from the view of Wampanoag Native Americans. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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Students will review all unit concepts and take a final assessment. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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This folder contains all printable resources for the unit Knowing Native Americans, including vocabulary cards, maps, and activity worksheets. This resource is part of the Knowing Native Americans collection.
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