Native Americans - Pacific Northwest History for Kids

This week’s lesson on Native Americans for Kids  will cover the Pacific Northwest Tribes. This is just one of our many hands on history for kids units!
Native Americans - A hands on history unit of North American Indians from the Pacific Northwest. Includes printable mini book, tribe comparison, and making a totem pole for kids.

Note: I know for some people this is a very personal subject. We have done our best to represent a historically accurate account of life for Native Americans. We also discussed the influence of the white settlers along with life today for those with Native American roots. But the emphasis is on the historical part when the settlers first arrived.

I do not claim to be an expert in Native American culture and I know we have had to simplify many aspects of their culture and beliefs to fit with teaching this to elementary age kids. If you do not “like” our unit for whatever reason, I’m sorry. Any harsh comments will be deleted, but I welcome constructive feedback!

Pacific Northwest Native American Tribes

The Pacific Northwest tribe can be seen in purple in the map below. Because they were so far away from the east coast the European influence didn’t get to them until the 1700s as apposed to the 1500s for the majority of the North American tribes.
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Native American Pacific Northwest Tribes Unit for Kids

Free Pacific Northwest Tribes Mini book & worksheets for kids to learn about Native Americans - ages Kindergarten - 6th grade.

We started out by printing out the Pacific Northwest tribe printable books (from the free printable below). We read through the information.

Comparing Native American Tribes - Southwest Tribes, Woodland Tribes, Pacific Northwest Tribes, and Plains Tribes. Great for homeschool elemenatry kids (FREE!)

Then we completed the worksheets comparing all four Native American tribes we studied, review worksheets, and a look at the Seminole tribe in Florida.

Books to Read on the Pacific Northwest Tribes


Pacific Northwest Indian Kids Activities

Then we dived  into my favorite part, making history come alive with hands on learning!

We Made Totem Poles

FREE printable totem pole craft for kids studying Native Americans

We used the free printable totem pole worksheets in the pack below to make our own totem poles. First we read what totem poles represented and their importance in their community. Then the kids picked what animals (and their meaning) they wanted on their totem poles.

Then they cut them out and taped (or glued) on their rolled up piece of construction paper (or paper towel rolls if you have enough)


Native American Fieldtrip

Native American Field Trip

We took a Field trip to see some Native American artifacts. If you live close to a reservation, consider taking a tour and see some historical artifacts along with a look at how they live today.

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Native Americas - Pacific Northwets includes free printable book, tribe comparisson, and how to make your own totem pole

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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.