Each year we introduce our Native American Unit with a beautiful story retold by Tomie DePaola called,
The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
Students decorate Tipis with Native American symbols.
We read a huge collection of Native American stories. We discuss the Native American cultures and notice the different kinds of dwellings, clothing and tools that are used. We find the deep underlying themes throughout the stories like, family and nature and respecting the Earth. We look at the incredible artwork and how so much of it is inspired by nature.
Students color Thunderbirds with crayon and then paint over them with water colors, much like Native Americans may have used berries and leaves to make colors.Native American Culture Unit FREEBIE
Here is a FREEBIE with my list of favorite Native American Children's Books and some activities and projects to go along with what the children learn from the stories! I hope you enjoy this little collection.
THANKS TO GLITTER MEETS GLUE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL NATIVE AMERICAN CLIP ART REPRESENTATIONS!