Discuss the Trail of Tears and the forced removal of Native Americans from their land. Explain that indigenous people lived all over the United States and they lived in groups called tribes. Begin by teaching about the Cherokee tribe Sequoyah’s writing system. Have students practice saying “hello” in Cherokee. Next, students learn about the Mohawk tribe and the longhouses they lived in. Then introduce the Sioux and explain their use of teepees. Discuss the importance of Sitting Bull and the Battle at Little Bighorn. Finally, students will learn about the Navajo.
After this, have students drag the names of each tribe to the correct region of the country. Students will then click on the link to explore the interactive map
and learn about the tribes that inhabited the land they live on. You can click “Go to map” and enter an address in the search on the left side. Then click on the resources to learn more information about that tribe.
Following this, click on the next link to be taken to Google Earth
where students will learn about the preservation of various Indigenous languages. Discuss why language is important and why they think these individuals work so hard to pass it along.