November is National American Indian Heritage Month and there are many ways to use this learning opportunity. Find resources below from PBS LearningMedia that spans from history and artifacts to culture and myths. 

 

Native Village Field Trip

Grades Prek-3

Penny and the KidVision VPK kids go to the native village to find out about the Seminole Indians. They learn about their clothing, colorful beads, interesting houses and even learn some Seminole Indian words!

 

Seya's Song

Grades PreK-6

In this online book from the International Children's Digital Library, a young American Indian describes the natural surroundings and activities of the S'Klallam, or Clallam, people through the seasons of the year. The book includes a glossary of S'Klallam words.

 

Image Collection of Native American Civilizations

Grades K-8

This collection of nearly 150 images were individually selected from the prestigious Getty Image collection. It was made available here for teachers and students to use in the classroom, to augment lessons, to add to digital or printed reports, and to aid in visualizing and understanding Native American lives in the past and present. Some images comes with detailed descriptions that offer deeper context. Others are striking or familiar portraits of well-known persons.

 

Indian Pride

Grades 5-12

Indian Pride, the 13-part cultural magazine, showcases the unique lifestyles of North American’s 562 Indian nations. While honoring the historical past, Indian Pride created a national forum for tribal members to speak to a national audience.

 

The Myth of Pocahontas

Grades 5-12

Explore the popular story of how Pocahontas, a young Native American, fell in love with John Smith, an English colonist. When Smith was captured, Pocahontas risked her life to save him, and then continued to help his fellow colonists at Jamestown. Thanks to her, the colony not only survived, but thrived. As this video segment states, it's a powerful story, but how much of it is true?

 

Exploring the American Indian Movement

Grades 6-13+

This teaching guide helps instructors use a specific primary source set, The American Indian Movement, 1968-1978, in the classroom. It offers discussion questions, classroom activities, and primary source analysis tools. It is intended to spark pedagogical creativity by giving a sample approach to the material. Please feel free to share, reuse and adapt the resources in this guide for your teaching purposes.

 

The Relocation of American Indians

Grades 6-13+

Begining in the 1950s, The Indian Relocation Program promised Native Americans education and jobs in the cities. Video from American Experience: We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee.

 

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