Join us as we learn about Native Americans for Kids; this week’s lesson is on the Eastern Woodland Tribes. In this hands-on Native American lesson we explored the indigenous people living what isnow the eastern half of the United States of America from Illinois to the Atlantic Ocean and Wisonsin to Louisiana. We talked about how archeologists dig up ruins of ancient civilizations and did an arrowhead dig and use our free printable native american worksheets to first color, read and learn about these woodland native american. Simply download pdf file with native american printables and you are ready to learn! These Native American Activities are great for teaching pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.
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In this native americans lesson we will learn about the Pacific Northwest Tribes. To make this a fun, engaging american history for kids we included lots of native american activities for seeing historical artifacts up close, free printable native american worksheets to teach and reinforce what we learned, plus native american crafts for kids to explore how these indigenous tribes made totem poles. This us history for kids lesson is adaptable for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.
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Eastern Woodland Tribes
This week we started our Native American Unit. We began talking about the Woodland Tribes. I highly recommend this book as it covers all regions with some actual pictures or artifacts from the different regions. It also touches on Native Americans today. The woodland tribes are sometimes divided up into the Northweast Woodland Tribes and the Southeast Woodland Tribes, but for our purposes we are going to cover them all together. You can see in this map below a picture of where the Woodland tribes were located in green.
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!
Iroquios for kids
We started out by printing out the two Woodland tribe printable books (from the free printable below). We read through the information on the Iroquois facts and the Powhatan tribe for kids.
Then the kids filled out our sheet on the Woodland tribes at a glance. (also in the free printable below)
Books to Read on the Woodland Tribes of North America
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Native American Archeological Dig
We had an archaeological dig for arrowheads. I explained that one of the way we can know about ancient civilizations is when archaeologist carefully dig up remains from cities. I divided up some gardening beds and put an arrowhead in each section. The kids then began digging, trying to find their Indian arrowhead.
When everyone had found their arrowhead, we made arrows from them. I used a dowel rod which my husband made a notch in just big enough for the arrowheads. Then we wrapped twine around the arrowhead to hold it in place.
We made Native American Arrows
Next we wrapped twine around a feather at the back of the dowel. The kids thought their arrows were so cool and they had a blast trying them out in the backyard!
More Native American Woodland Tribe Activities for Kids
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