As momentum builds to improve how schools teach history (including the more painful parts of it), there’s been a push for more comprehensive, thoughtful, and accurate education around Indigenous American history. In recent years, some states have passed legislation to better ensure that Indigenous American history and culture are reflected in the curriculum.
During the month of November, which is Indigenous Peoples’ Month (also known as Native American Heritage Month), there’s a timely opportunity to deepen learning around the history, contributions, and contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples. Keep reading for lessons and activities to incorporate Indigenous American history and perspectives into your curriculum — throughout both Indigenous Peoples’ Month and the whole year.
Lessons and Activities about Indigenous American History and Culture
Use these lessons and classroom activities as a starting point to deepen student understanding of Indigenous American history, culture, and contributions for Indigenous Peoples’ Month and beyond.
Indigenous NHL Players 2020-21 (PDF & JPG format) by Tipler Teaches Not Grade Specific
Oral Storytelling with Story Vines: An Indigenous Perspective by Indigenous Education Resources Not Grade Specific
California Native Americans-Distance Learning by Sailing into Second 2nd-4th Grades
Canada’s Indigenous People (First Nations, Aboriginal) – Inquiry Based Unit by Fun in Fourth 3rd-5th Grades
Facts, Myths, and Stereotypes – Native American ELA Unit by Real Native Learning Resources 3rd-6th Grades
Indigenous Peoples Day Activities in Spanish by Maestra Manzano 3rd-10th Grades
Indigenous Reconciliation & Anti-Racism Interactive Notebook Mini Unit by One Curious World 4th-7th Grades
Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian March Madness Debate Lesson by ELA with Morgan 9th-12th Grades
Five Little Indians Novel Study and Contemporary Indigenous Issues Unit by Infusing Indigenous Literature
Discover more classroom activities and resources to help you teach about the history and contributions of Indigenous Americans during Indigenous Peoples’ Month and beyond.