Native Americans Day 23: Native American: Homes

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 Study (451)_edited-1 Native American Study (450)_edited-1 Native American Study (449)_edited-1

Native American Homes


  • White Poster Board
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Tape


  1. Use the pencil to draw an outline of the U.S. Onto the poster board. Trace the pencil line with the sharpie.
  2. Cut out the U.S. Outline.
  3. Use the pencil to draw an outline of a Southwest pueblo, Plains teepee, Northwest lodge, and Woodland longhouse onto the brown paper.
  4. Use the sharpie to trace the outline and then cut them out.
  5. 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.Native American Study (453)_edited-1 Native American Study (452)_edited-1

Cahokia Mounds

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.IMG_2923

 In the museum there were all kinds of old Indian items.IMG_2927

There was a dig site set up for the boys to see what an archeologist does.IMG_2935

The boys learned what raw materials the Indians used to make useful items.IMG_2936

The coil pot method that we tried earlier in this unit study.IMG_2938

There was an Indian village set up for the boys to walk through.IMG_2942

An Indian catch the ring game.IMG_2945

Another game like the basket game that we made earlier in the unit study.IMG_2946

They got to feel different animal fur and see the skulls that went with each animal too.IMG_2950

Sifting through actual rock, bone, and pottery that was found at the dig site.IMG_2959

Flintknapping, they tried to make an arrowhead but it took way too long to keep them interested.IMG_2961

A girl showed them how to mix clay with water to make face paint.IMG_2962

Then she painted J’s face for him.IMG_2966

He was loved having the face paint on and we even gave him an Indian name “Chief Talks-a-lot”.IMG_2972

Looking at some of the different plants from the area.IMG_2975

Getting ready to climb Monks Mound.IMG_2974

There it is!IMG_2977

Up, and up, and up!IMG_2983

We made it to the top!

Native American Unit Study

Day 1: Circum-Caribbean: Taino

Day 2: Mesoamerica: Maya

Day 3: Mesoamerica: Aztec

Day 4: Southwest: Apache

Day 5: Southwest: Pueblo

Day 6: Southwest: Navajo

Day 7: California: Pomo

Day 8: Great Basin: Shoshone

Day 9: Plateau: Nez Perce

Day 10: Northwest Coast: Chinook

Day 11: Sub Arctic: Cree

Day 12: Arctic: Eskimo (Inuit)

Day 13: Great Plains: Sioux

Day 14: Great Plains: Cheyenne

Day 15: Great Plains: Blackfeet

Day 16: Great Plains: Pawnee

Day 17: Great Plains: Crow

Day 18: Southeast: Cherokee

Day 19: Southeast: Seminoles

Day 20: Northeast Woodland: Iroquois

Day 21: Northeast Woodland: Shawnee

Day 22: Northeast Woodland: Wampanoag

Day 23: Native American: Homes