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Welcome to week 2 of our Native American study.  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 Plains. Includes printable mini book, tribe comparisson, and ideas for hands on learning about history for preschool, kindergarten, homeschool, and more.

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.

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Plains Tribe Emergent Reader

Native Americans - Plain Tribes Unit for Elementary Homeschool Kids. Lots of hands on learning ideas plus FREE mini books and worksheets for kids.

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!

make a frame from 6 PVC pipes
We made a Teepee  from 6 PVC pipes that were 1/2” think and trimmed to 8 feet long. We several rubber bands (but you could use rope) to hold the pipes in an upside down cone shape.
drape a canvas drop cloth over top
Then we draped a canvas drop cloth over the teepee. We pulled the top edges up through the rubber bands to hold them in place. Then we tucked edges under the teepee.
we painted our teepee

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.

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Native Americans for Kids

Learn more about Native American History for Kids of the indigenous Indians who lived in North America before the European settlers discovered American with these fun engaging history lessons with activities and free printable worksheets too!

Vikings for Kid s- this is a fun hands on history unit that will help make history come alive including history activities, history crafts, free history printables and more for learning about early explorers #vikings #history #homeschooling Tons of Jamestown Settlement Projects for Kids in this free unit on colonial america! Plus jamestown settlement crafts and free worksheets for kids of all ages in this colonial america lesson for homeschoolers and educational activities in school. #colonialamerica #historyforkids #kidsactivities civil war for kids free printable board game

History Lessons for Kids

Check out one of or MANY engaging, Free history lessons for kids

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  • Make a teepee, dig for arrowheads, color our printable books and more in this Native Americans for Kids lessons
  • The Colonial America for Kids lesson takes kids on a journey back to the first permanent settlement in America – Jamestown. Students will learn about colonial life with lots of hands on projects like eating Gruel, making a Wattle & Daub house, and creating a tin lantern will make the settlement come alive.
  • We will make westward expansion for kids come alive for kids as they learn facts about the time period from about 1783-1898. In addition to learning about the Oregon trail, pony express, gold rush, transcontinental railroad, students will also learn to match animal trails, map the united states, and learn about North American animals too.
  • Civil War for Kids – students will learn about slavery, famous Americans from the Civil War, famous battles, and how our nation stayed together. Lesson includes printable worksheets, mapping activities, printable civil war board game and more!
  • Learn about US States for Kids – state coloring pages, president coloring pages, state report forms, states and capital printables, and so much more!
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  • 1950s for Kids Reader to Color, Learn and read about what life was like in America in 1950

16 Printable Country Studies for Kids - children will have fun learning about countries around the world with this fun resource perfect for pre k, kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 including Kenya, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Netherlands, Mexico, China, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Chile, Colombia, Australia, and Costa Rica. FREE Printable 50 Us States coloring pages Kids will have fun learning about Children Around the World using these free printable worksheets for kids of all ages. #childrenaroundtheworld #christmasaroundtheworld #geography

Looking for more resources and free worksheets to teach students about geography for kids? You will love these coloring sheets, printable maps, books, activities and games:

native americans - plains tribes includes free printable book, tribe comparisson, and more!

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  1. Holly Avatar

    This teepee is such a cool idea! Do you know what size the canvas was? What did you use for the decorating on the canvas? Thanks.

    1. Beth Gorden Avatar

      Follow the canvas link to see the exact product we used =) we used fabic markers

  2. Nicole Avatar

    Thank you so much for awesome ideas! We started home schooling this year and live in Comanche. I was looking for Comanche Indian worksheets for my 1st and 4th grade boys. I found your website which has so many other awesome things too.

  3. Bianca Avatar

    Thanks so much for sharing!!! Amazing resources!