Earliest Peoples in America


This lesson introduces students to the earliest humans that lived on the American continent. Students will learn how the environment affected decisions about how they lived and survived the often harsh climate. Take a journey back in time when the wooly mammoth roamed North America, and the earliest humans learned to adapt to nature to survive.

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Welcome to the Earliest Peoples in America lesson plan! In this fascinating lesson, your students will learn all about how the American continent was populated and who were the first indigenous peoples. They’ll also learn about how indigenous populations use the natural resources of an area to form their unique cultures. And finally, they’ll learn how stories and myths that explain natural events are essential to the culture of early people migrating to the Americas.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.GEO.7.3-5,D2.GEO.8.3-5, NCSS.D2.3-5, &NCSS.D2.3.6-8

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.