How I Am Connected to the Native Americans

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10522

Native Americans were the first to live on the American continent. Learn how they dressed, played, wrote, and ate as you compare yourself with them with fun activities.


United States, United States

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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 Nez Perce boy, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1903.  


  • Can you tell this boy is a Native American?
  • What items of clothing is he wearing to make you think he is or is not?
  • Does he look like you?
  • In what way does he appear similar to or different from you?

Native Americans were the first people to live on the land now known as the United States.

They were living on this land long before the explorer Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims came from Europe following the Middle Ages.

The Native Americans have also been called Indians. They have this name because Christopher Columbus thought he was sailing to a place called India, so he called the people he met Indians.

There were many groups of Native Americans; each group is called a tribe. Some tribes were friendly, and some were not.

They each lived off the land and grew corn as their main crop. They were hunters because animals were critical to them. They would use the meat for food, the fur and skins to make clothing and shelter, and the bones to make weapons.

To learn more about the Native Americans, watch the video below.

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Expand on what you just learned with the resources below.

Now that you know a lot more about the Native Americans, move to the Got It? section to join them in some fun!

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