Native American History

Native American History introduces students to major historical figures and influential events in the history of the American Indian peoples. Students will learn about many different tribes, including the Sioux, the Shoshone, the Apache, and the Shawnee tribes. Throughout the lesson, they will discover many cool facts and some very sad ones surrounding American Indian history.

There are several suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you can use as alternatives or additions to your lesson. For example, you can assign students a famous Native American or event to further research and later present to the class. You can also invite a Native American or expert in that culture to speak with your students. It may also be a great opportunity to study words and place names that have Native American roots, such as many of the state names.

What our Native American History lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Native American History discusses some key figures and important events surrounding the America’s history with Native Americans. Students will be able to recap these events and figures and explain their influence on America. The lesson touches on several of these aspects briefly. Students will, however, be able to research specific people or events for more details.

There are four content pages in this lesson that outline major events and people of ancient America. Some tribes like the Cherokee and Navajo probably sound fairly familiar while others may not, such as the Sioux or Seminole. Students will discover some interesting facts about these amazing people. For instance, the history of Native Americans begins over 10,000 years ago. And American Indians started out as hunter-gatherers that traveled by boat and land across the country.

Some of the key figures that this lesson discusses include Crazy Horse, Geronimo, and Squanto. Crazy Horse was a Sioux leader in the Great Sioux War of 1876. He fought against the U.S. government and white settlers’ attempt to encroach on Indian territory. Squanto learned English, traveled to England, and later taught settlers how to catch fish and grow crops. The lesson also talks about Pocahontas and how helpful she was to the English colonists in Jamestown, Virginia.


For the activity, students will work with a partner to complete the worksheet. They will need to create an acrostic using the letters in “Native Americans.” They will write a total of 15 facts about the American Indians or their history. Each fact must start with the proper letter.


The practice worksheet lists 20 facts. There is also a word bank containing the names of people, significant events, and so on. Students must match the terms in the word bank to the statement it represents.


The homework worksheet lists a total of 16 statements and questions. Students must answer each question to complete the assignment.

Additional information


5th Grade, 6th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards


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.

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