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Pacific Northwest Native Americans Lesson

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 Americans Lesson

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.

More Native Americans Lessons for Kids

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 is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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  • Thank you so much from a British home ed mum. We’re doing a project on the United States and I was keen to find resources that reflected the complexity of the many native cultures. Your packs are perfect!

  • Thank you so much! I’m creating my own curriculum for our Native American History unit and there is definitely so much info I want to include. This will help me narrow it down and focus on simplicity for my K/1 and 3rd graders. You’re a blessing!

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