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Native Americans UNIT

Grade Levels
4th - 5th
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What is included in this unit plan?

1 – 15 Detailed Lesson Plans

Each lesson plan includes:

  • Key questions addressed by the lesson (below you can see a full listing of the key questions covered)
  • Materials needed
  • Connection activity or discussion to activate prior knowledge and/or engage students before beginning the lesson
  • Detailed description of what to say and instruct students to do during the lesson
  • Each lesson ends with a statement of “Big Ideas” that uses student-friendly wording to summarize the main idea of the lesson by answering the key questions
  • Ideas for enrichment to extend the lesson for students needing/wanting a challenge or if you have additional time leftover in class or at the end of the unit
  • Ideas for informal assessments to monitor your students
  • One or more formal assessments to gauge your students’ understanding

Note: You do not need to assess at the end of each lesson, but the option to do so is provided for you.

Each lesson is intended to be taught during a 45-minute class period. There are 15 lessons included in the unit, which could be spread across a 3-week period.

2 – Differentiated Passages

Many lessons are centered around differentiated passages. The activities in those lessons correspond with and build off of the information in the passages.

There are five reading levels of each passage, covering 3rd through 8th grade reading levels. There is also a set of questions included for each individual passage that can be used assess comprehension and understating.

[Click the links to see a full listing of passages, levels, and grab a free sample.]

Native Americans Vol. 1

Native Americans Vol. 2

Native Americans Vol. 3

Native Americans Vol. 4

PLUS a “Bonus Passage ” set including these passages: The Land Bridge Theory, Native American Impact, Navajo Code Talkers, and the Turkey-Less Truth Behind Thanksgiving.

3 Editable Docs

Quizzes, rubrics, the final unit study guide, and the final unit test are 100% editable.

4 – Study Guide, Assessment

The final unit study guide and unit assessment are included.


The lessons included in this unit address the following key questions:

LESSON 1 – Unit Introduction and Misconceptions

•Who are Native Americans?

•What are common misconceptions about Native Americans?

LESSON 2 – Origin of Native Americans

•Where did the earliest Native Americans come from?

•What is the Land Bridge Theory?

•How do many Native Americans tell their origin story?

•Who were the Ancient Pueblo people?

•Who were the mound builders?

•Who are the Inuit?

LESSON 3 – Cultural Areas, Regions, Climate, and Geography

•What is a culture area?

•What are the key Native American culture areas or regions in the United States?

•What are the climate and geography like in each culture area?

LESSONS 4-8 – Center Rotations

Center A: What was life like for early Southwest Native Americans?

•What is life like for Southwest Native Americans today?

•What is dry farming?

Center B: What was life like for early Plains Native Americans?

•How did the loss of bison affect Plains Native Americans?

•What is life like for Plains Native Americans today?

Center C: What was life like for early Pacific Northwest Native Americans?

•What is life like for Pacific Northwest Native Americans today?

•What is true about totem poles?

Center D: What is unique about the land in the Great Basin region?

•What was life like for early Great Basin Northwest Native Americans?

•What is life like for Great Basin Native Americans today?

Center E: What was life like for early Eastern Woodlands Northwest Native Americans?

•What is life like for Eastern Woodlands Native Americans today?

•Why is the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (or the Iroquois Confederacy) important today?

LESSONS 9-10: Native American Nations and People

•What are some of the largest Native American nations?

•Who are some important Native Americans?

LESSONS 11-13 – Impact of European Exploration and Conflict

•What was life like for Native Americans before Europeans arrived?

•How did life change for Native Americans after the European explorers came?

•How were the beliefs of early Native Americans and European explorers about land different?

•What were some of the major conflicts between “white” settlers and Native Americans?

LESSONS 14-15 – Native Americans Today and Their Influence

•Where do Native American people live today?

•How have Native Americans influenced the world today? How are Native Americans influencing the world today?


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NOTE: Do not purchase this unit if you already own ALL 4 volumes of the Native American Leveled Passage sets, or the Lifetime Subscription to All Leveled Passages, Social Studies MEGA Bundle of Leveled Passages, or Social Studies Bundle #2 of Leveled Passages.

If you already own the passage sets and want to purchase this unit, click HERE to grab the unit without having to pay again for the passages that are included.


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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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