Third Grade Native American Main Lesson



   I am so excited that we have started our main lesson on Native American studies.  I have always been fascinated by Native American culture and was really looking forward to this main lesson.  I originally thought this main lesson would work great in Spring, but I had a change of heart. As  I  grabbed my resources I found that it would work great at anytime.  I still could incorporate our study on weather too;so much of the tribes faced extreme weather and their lifestyles were based around it.  I jumped into Donna Simmons Third Grade Syllabus and started.

Here’s what we decided to do for our Native American Adventure.


  • People of Rain & Mist seemed the obvious place to start. We live on the top of a mountain and most of the days start with rain & mist.  Sophia, will be drawing their homes, cooking basic meals and creating her very own totem pole(out of clay).  I am still a little uneasy with her using a knife.
  • Next on to the People of Ice and Snow. I am hoping we get some snow so we can build an ice house, if none arrives our back up plan is sugar cubes. Not much in the way of cooking with this particular culture since their diet consisted of mostly whale & seal,I think we will pass:) I have found several verses and songs to share.
  • We are also reading Native American Tales & Legends Dover Publication as our read aloud.  The book covers a broad spectrum of subjects from creation myths, giants and monsters to magic ,enchantment and the spirit world.   This book also introduces several other Native American cultures.
  • Another wonderful read along and verse book is Thirteen Moons on Turtles Back by Joesph Bruchac and Jonathan London.  The illustrations are magnificent and the short stories of each of the 13 moons are so precious.  I plan on using this book a lot for recitation.
  • Finally let the crafting begin!  The Book of Indian Crafts and Folk Lore by Jullian Harris Salmon. There are so many interesting crafts in this book it might get a little overwhelming for some.  I chose a few projects and had to put the book down before I added ten more.  We decided to make some traditional beaded jewelry, a pair of Moccasins and a Arapaho girls dress.  Great recipes in here too.

We will be posting our first projects next week. Wish us luck:)

Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin

The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us….

3 thoughts on “Third Grade Native American Main Lesson

  1. ooooh , , , can I be in your class Mrs. Warren??? That sounds so great. We have not covered NA with any kind of thoroughness. I am filing this post away for later (hopefully before Jude is in third grade!!)

    That book Thirteen Moons on a Turtle’s Back reminded me of Charles Fraizer’s book, Thirteen Moons, it is an adult novel, but might be worth a read for you. I didn’t even read Cold Mountain, but they are both on my list for when I retire, lol

    See you later!

  2. Sheila, you MUST read Cold Mountain right now. Do not wait!

    Andrea, I have been looking forward to third grade for a while (my oldest is in second), but now I am really itching to start! This block sounds wonderful. And now I want mocassins.

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