Native Tribes along Eastern Coast

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SWBAT understand that Native Peoples inhabited the coast of North America during colonization.

Big Idea

People already inhabited North America when the explorers and colonists arrived.


20 minutes

"Students, before the colonists arrived from Europe, many Native Americans lived along the eastern edge of North American.  Let's look at this slide show.

Show Powerpoint and ask for volunteers to read information about the Abenaki and Iroquois tribes. Ask for students to sign up to add to the slide show by creating slides on the following tribes:





Write down names of students who want to research these tribes and add to the slideshow.


Map Skills

20 minutes

I am going to hand out a map for you to complete.  Write in the names of the tribes one the lines in the correct region shown on the map.  Shade in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico blue.

Use the example map to shade in the regions that the colonists claimed.  Tomorrow you will learn the names and locations of the thirteen colonies.

Independent Research and Reading

20 minutes

Dismiss students who signed up to research the Delaware, Powhatan, Cherokee and Creek Native Americans to begin their research using computers and ipads. I have created a list of resources for each tribe in sqworl for students to select from.

For the rest of class say, "Students, I have three Native American Legends for you to read.  The Rabbit Dance and Turtle's Race with Beaver are legends from the Iroquois Nation:  The Mohawk and the Seneca Tribes.   The third legend is from the Cherokee Nation and it is  titled, Why The Possum Has a Naked Tail.

Pick 1, 2 or all 3 legends to read and enjoy by yourself for with a partner.  Later today we will perform the rabbit dance.

In the News

5 minutes

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Arron Carapella couldn't find a map showing the original names and locations of Native American tribes as they existed before contact with Europeans. That's why the Oklahoma man designed his won map. 

Listen to this NPR report to learn how and why Mr. Carapella created this map.