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!
Native Americans Plains Tribes Lesson
This week’s lesson on Native Americans will cover the Plains Tribes. You can see where the Plains Tribes where in this map below in orange.
Plains Tribe Emergent Reader
We started out by printing out the Plains tribe printable book where we learned about the Comanche Tribe (from the free printable below).
Books to Read on the Plains Tribes of North America
PVC Teepee Craft for Kids
Then we dived into my favorite part, making history come alive with hands on learning!
Finally we decorated the teepee with traditional patterns including drawing from battle or hunting like they would have made on the authentic plains teepees.
If you are looking for another fun, hands on project for this week you can make a Feather Headdress.
More Native Americans Lessons for Kids
Download Plains Tribes Pack
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