5 Activities for Native American History

November is a great time to do Native American studies.  Regardless of your children’s ages, I think a few of these projects would easily lend themselves to a fun homeschool afternoon!

Native American history activities

5 Activities for Native American History

1. Read a Book Aloud Together

I highly recommend any of these books for a small unit on Native American history.

Native American history ideas

2. Explore Native American History in Music and Dance

Doing this or even doing some dress-up or imaginative play will certainly bring history alive for most children. They can be very inspired by seeing real Native American traditional dress or dance. If you aren’t blessed enough to have a local tribe organization that performs, then it’s always possible to find a video on the subject.

3. Cook a Native Recipe

Making food that goes with your study is the perfect way to add culture and lifestyle for the period you are studying. An easy thing we’ve done is make corn pancakes by just following the directions on the cornmeal bag or box. My son really liked cooking them himself, and it added emphasis to the part of our study on what the Powhatan Indians ate. Maybe you could have Nasaump for breakfast or Turkey Sobaheg for dinner!

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4. Go on a Field Trip to a Native American Museum or Park

Field trips are an amazing way to learn. Most every state has a wonderful museum or two that feature Native Americans in some way. The National Museum of the American Indian is a great place to start. There may be some virtual possibilities to explore as well. Perhaps make a Scrapbook Visit.

5. Explore Native American Arts and Crafts

Explore Native American history by learning about and possibly creating some Native American arts and crafts. There is such a rich history preserved in Native American Art. We have always had a great time making crafts inspired by the culture. For example, you could make a dreamcatcher together. Or try crafting a simple rain stick in your homeschool class. 

Another possibility is to study a famous figure such as Olympian Jim Thorpe.

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What kinds of activities for Native American History have you done or do you plan to do in your homeschool this year?

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  1. The Math Catcher stories , free on the Simon Fraser University site, are a great combination of math and Native American culture http://mathcatcher.irmacs.sfu.ca/stories The stories make kids think about math, and show Native Americans (or Canadian natives) as whole people – that is, just going through life, figuring things out – and not only as historical figures.

  2. Great post, thank you! We live in what used to be the Cherokee Nation. We have spent time researching the culture, and going on field trips in our area.
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