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’ll 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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Your students will be introduced to the key players of the battle as well as some of the controversy related to the conflict. Many students are aware of the westward expansion and the Native Americans’ loss of land but may not fully understand the Battle of Bighorn’s impact on the relations between Native Americans and settlers in America.

This lesson plan will give your students the opportunity to think about why a group of people would be forcibly removed from their homes or lands. By the end of this lesson, your students will have a deeper understanding of what took place during this pivotal moment in American history.

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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.