Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Grades 4-6
Sarah Peterson
Hands on History

Studying Native American History?

Check out these lesson plans:
·       Trail of Tears and the Long Walk
·       Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee

Each lesson plan includes:
·       Review Game
·       Worksheet
·       Teacher’s Key
·       Engaging Activities

Wild, Wild West Careers: Native American Chief

Trail of Tears and The Long Walk

Wild, Wild West Careers: “Native American Chief” covers the Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears and the Long Walk: tragic events concerning the forced removal of Native Americans from their sacred land to reservations.  The Job of Native American Chief is covered, as is Tribal War Paint.

·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Native Americans and the Indian Removal Act
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Trail of Tears and the Long Walk
·        Activity: Venn-Diagram: The Trail of Tears and The Long Walk
·        Teacher’s Key for Venn Diagram
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Job of Native American Chief
·        Activity: Job Application – Native American Chief
·        Activity:  Mock Relocation
·        Mock Relocation Worksheet
·        Mock relocation Worksheet – Teacher’s Key
·        Activity:  Choose Native American Names Handout and Chart
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Tribal War Paint
·        Activity: True/False Review Game Pattern for Buffalo Cutout
·        Coloring Page: Native American Chief
·        Native American Story Scroll Activity and Symbol Chart
·        Pattern for Buffalo Cutout
·        Suggested Books and Movies

Wild, Wild West Careers:
7th, 9th, and 10th Cavalry; Indian Wars
Native American Warriors Part II (1864-1904)

In the early 1800s, the United States government began forcing many Native American Tribes from their ancestral homeland to land set aside west of the Mississippi River. The government continued the process of Indian removal for several decades.  However, in 1865 when the Civil War ended, efforts became even more focused on moving Native Americans in the western states to government-controlled reservations.  Cavalry Regiments were formed to fight in the Indian Wars.

This lesson plan Includes:

·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Background; Treaties and Policies
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: 7th, 9th, and 10th Cavalry; Buffalo Soldiers
·        Activity: Job Application – Cavalry Soldier
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: George Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
·        Activity:  Battle of the Little Bighorn – Search and Find Map Work
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Following the Battle of the Little Bighorn
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Geronimo
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Chief Joseph
·        Activity: Read Chief Joseph’s Speech
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: The Wild West: Where the Buffalo Roam
·        Activity: Buffalo-Use Collage and Teacher’s Key
·        Chart of Buffalo Uses
·        INFORMATIONAL TEXT: Reservations; Ghost Dance; Wounded Knee
·        Activity: Review Worksheet and Teacher’s Key
·        Activity: True/False Review Game
·        Activity: Complete a Timeline!
·        Activity: Recipe for Apache Bread: Chigustei
·        Activity: Coloring Page – Sioux Warriors
·        Activity: Writing Prompt!
·        Book Suggestions

Check out the Trail of Tears Lesson here
Check out the Cavalry, Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee Lesson here

Happy Learning!!


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