Native American Printables

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Word Search - Farming and Much More

Native Americans are an integral part of United States history. Without the help of Sacajawea, a Lemhi Shoshone Native American woman, it's doubtful that famous explorers Lewis and Clark would ever have made it to the Pacific Ocean during their Corps of Discovery expedition, for example. This word search serves as a starting point to help students discover some of the terms important to Native American culture. For example, Native American farmers developed many of the techniques important for growing crops centuries ago -- techniques later adopted by U.S. pioneers who settled the land on their westward expansion.

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Vocabulary - The Canoe and Toboggan

Native American vocabulary contains many terms that are common today but originated thousands of years ago. For example, most of what we know today about canoe and kayak design comes from the native tribes still in existence in North America and around the world. And, while we might think of the toboggan as an essential piece of snow gear, the term comes from the Algonquian word "odabaggan."

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Crossword Puzzle - The Pictograph

This crossword puzzle will allow students to explore terms like pictographs, which Native Americans "painted" on rock surfaces using a variety of pigment materials, such as ochre, gypsum and charcoal. Some pictographs were also made with organic materials like the sap of plants -- and even blood.

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Challenge - The Pueblo Culture

Students can test their Native American word knowledge in this multiple-choice worksheet. Use the printable as a starting point to discuss the Anasazi -- literally, the ancestral Pueblo people. Thousands of years ago, these early Native Americans developed an entire Puebloan culture in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.

 

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Native American Alphabet Activity

This alphabet activity gives students a chance to properly order and write Native American words, such as the wigwam, which Merriam-Webster notes is: "a hut of the American Indians of the Great Lakes region and eastward having typically an arched framework of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or hides." Extend the activity by discussing the fact that another term of wigwam is "rough hut," as Merriam-Webster explains. Have students look up the terms "rough" and "hut" in the dictionary and discuss the words, explaining that the terms together form a synonym for the word wigwam.

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Native American Draw and Write

Young students can draw a picture related to Native American culture and write a sentence or short paragraph about the subject. This is a great time to fire up the internet and have students look up some of the terms they have learned. Show students of low reading level how to select the "images" option on most search engines to view photos of the ​terms.