I use this activity as an introductory lesson before diving into the different Native American Regions and how the natives adapted to their surroundings. However, this could be used as a review activity as well.
Share with students that they have been dropped into an environment with only the clothes on their backs and the natural resources in their container (I find that crystal light containers work really well for this). I also provide a big pictures card so students can get an idea of their overall environment.
Students work together in groups to “explore” their region cards.
Then, they must draw and describe how they will survive using the natural resources. Together, groups fill out one region worksheet sharing what they will eat for food, what they shelter will look like/be made out of, what they could use for transportation, and what they will wear.
I usually have the students present their survival techniques to the class – then I hang these sheets on our Native American drawing board so that as we learn about each cultural region, we can compare how the students adapted to how the natives adapted.