Native Americans Reading Comprehension Mini Lesson Print and Digital

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Reading Comprehension Mini-Lessons: Citizens Make a Difference for Print and Digital Classroom

Looking for a way to build reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency, all while learning more about the first Americans, Native Americans? Then this Native American Reading Comprehension Mini-Lesson Kit is for you!

This social studies series is perfect for use as a supplement to your social studies curriculum, as part of small group instruction, or as a content area-driven reading activity!

This Native American digital lesson kit is designed to be used as part of your online instruction for your digital classroom. This pack now includes printer friendly versions to be used in your classroom. This file includes a teacher file and a student file. This is perfect for teaching about different Native American Tribes or the First Americans in your distance learning classroom!


Social Studies and Reading Standards Aligned!

This Native American passage is written for a 2nd grade reader and is aligned to the following Standards:

Florida Social Studies Standards:

  • SS.2.A.2.1- Recognize that Native Americans were the first inhabitants in North America.
  • SS.2.A.2.2-Compare the cultures of Native American tribes from various geographic regions of the United States.
  • SS.2.A.2.3-Describe the impact of immigrants on the Native Americans

Florida BEST Standards: (Note CCSS standards are tagged already)

  • ELA.2.R.3.2: Retell a text to enhance comprehension. b. Use the central idea and relevant details for an informational text.
  • ELA.2.R.3.3: Compare and contrast important details presented by two texts on the same topic or theme
  • ELA.2.R.2.1: Explain how text features—including titles, headings, captions, graphs, maps, glossaries, and/or illustrations—contribute to the meaning of texts.
  • ELA.2.V.1.3: Identify and use context clues, word relationships, background knowledge, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the meaning of unknown words.


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Teacher File includes:

  • Directions on how to use in your Google ™ Classroom or upload it into Microsoft 365.

  • Directions on how to use the printable version in your classroom

  • 5 Day Lesson Plan suggestions- follow the lesson plan guide or use it as needed in your classroom. Perfect for planning your social studies lessons for your distance learning classroom.

  • Suggestions on how to use as part of other learning routines including small group and science.

  • Answer Keys- includes answer keys for easy grading.

Digital and Printable Student File includes:

  • Social Studies Passage-First Americans-This nonfiction passage focuses on the first people of the Americas, Native Americans. In addition to discussing how important Native American tribes are to American history, the article dives into four tribes from different regions of the US and how they used natural resources for food, housing, clothing, and travel. Also includes information on why many Native American populations are low or no longer around due to war, sickness, and lack of resources due to European settlers.
    Tribes discussed in this passage:
    -The Lenape (Northeastern US)
    -The Osage (Central US)
    -The Navajo (Southwestern US)
    -The Shasta (Northwestern US)

  • Vocabulary Practice- Help build your student’s content vocabulary with this activity page.

  • Quick Questions- These questions help students cover the who, what, where, when, why, and how. Perfect for a quick spot check of comprehension.

  • Reading Strategy- Compare Information- Students work to synthesize information gathered from the text by selecting and comparing two different Native American tribes.

  • Written Response- Students take their learning forward with this written response activity. Students use the text and the text features to write an expository essay about one Native American tribe presented and how they used the natural resources around them to build houses, food, clothing, and travel.

  • Interactive Activity- Different Regions- In this interactive activity, students work to sort different characteristics of the Native American tribes presented in the text.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.


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