Battle of Little Bighorn


Looking to teach your students about one of the most important battles in American history? Then look no further than our Battle of Little Bighorn lesson plan. In this engaging and informative lesson plan, students will learn about the key players and events of this battle, often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand.

They will also gain a deeper understanding of the conflict’s impact on relations between Native Americans and settlers in America. This is a great way to help your students better understand westward expansion and its often devastating effects on Native American communities.

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What our Battle of Little Bighorn lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Battle of Little Bighorn explores the events surrounding this significant battle in Native American history. Students will discover what caused the battle and what happened as a result. They will also learn about significant individuals of the time. This lesson is for students in 5th grade and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page outlines some additional activities and variations that you can use when presenting this lesson to your students. Students may work alone or in pairs for the activity. Have them create a map of the Battle of Bighorn location and identify towns, place names, etc. Another activity is to have students make a poster that advertises an upcoming movie called “The Battle of Little Bighorn.” Ask a history expert to come to the class and speak with the students about Native Americans and the Battle of Bighorn. Have students do further research regarding the Great Sioux War and other battles during that time in history. As one more research project, students could learn about modern landmarks in the region related to the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page provides a little more information or guidance on what to expect from the lesson. It emphasizes the importance that students understand the impact of this battle on Native American relations with the American settlers. You can use the blank lines to record any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


The Battle of Little Bighorn lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.

Worksheet Answer Keys

If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.