Native American: Homes
For the last day of our Native American unit study we decided to review Native American homes.
1. Review: Northwestern Native Americans lived in longhouses with totem poles. Plains Native Americans lived in teepees to move easily. Pueblo Native Americans lived in pueblos as a type of defense. Woodland Native Americans lived in longhouses with a palisaide around the village.
2. Map Skills: Look at a map of the U.S. And have the child point to each area, northwestern, plains, southwestern, and woodland. Have the child tell you something that they remember about that region.
3. Discuss: Talk about each region reviewing the tribes that lived in each region and what they lived in.
4. Read: The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose or North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline
Native American Play
The boys played with the Indian houses that they had made throughout this unit study (except the igloo, the ants found it). They used their Playmobil pirates to live in the houses. The pueblo is definitely a favorite!
Native American Homes
- White Poster Board
- Brown Construction Paper
- Use the pencil to draw an outline of the U.S. Onto the poster board. Trace the pencil line with the sharpie.
- Cut out the U.S. Outline.
- Use the pencil to draw an outline of a Southwest pueblo, Plains teepee, Northwest lodge, and Woodland longhouse onto the brown paper.
- Use the sharpie to trace the outline and then cut them out.
- Have the child tape them in the proper spot on the U.S. Map and then use the sharpie to write the Native American region name.
We visited Cahokia Mounds in IL. We spent some time in the museum and then went out to climb Monks Mound. We happened to be there for archeology day so the boys got to participate in some hands on activities.
We made it to the top!
Native American Unit Study