How I Am Connected to the Native Americans

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10522

Native Americans were the first to live in our country. By comparing yourself to them through activities and games, you will learn how they dressed, how they played, what they ate, and how they wrote!


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!

  • 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?

american indian boy

By Latham, Edward H. (University of Washington Libraries) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Native Americans were the first people to live on the land we now call the United States.

Before the explorer Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims came from Europe following the Middle Ages, there were people living on the land now known as the United States. 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 very important to them. They would use the meat for food, the fur and skins were used to make clothing and shelter, and they used the bones to make weapons.

To learn more about the Native Americans, check out these sites:


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

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