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