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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Find many activities for your classroom, including videos, lesson plans, interactive maps, podcasts, and more.
Use this collection during Native American Heritage Month to study America's indigenous people and cultures. The teaching resources include videos, lesson plans, media galleries, learning interactives, and more!
This diverse collection includes lessons for grades K–8 that focus on learning about indigenous people by integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Share videos of Native Americans discussing their crafts and storytelling.
Native Land Digital is an interactive map of Indigenous territories around the world. Click the map or type in an address to find relevant tribes from that area. Each tribe name includes a link to a page with more information about the tribe.
Follow the adventures of Molly of Denali, an Alaskan native girl attempting to solve a mystery. Over the course of nine podcast episodes (each about 15 minutes in length), listeners discover ways of life in Alaska.
Browse lesson resources to find featured activities, handouts, digital posters, and more. Several lesson options are available in Spanish. This website also offers free virtual field trips led by museum educators (be sure to register ahead!).
The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum offers a virtual tour, online exhibits, and oral history podcasts about alligator wrestling, patchwork, beadwork, dolls, Civil Rights, the Brighton Day School, tribal leaders, and more.
Share this site's three video series: A History of Native American Achievement, Native American Culture, and Native American Folklore. Each series contains videos that include suggested grade-level use and links to content standards.
Take a virtual field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian’s “Americans” exhibit. View gallery images and share videos and displays telling the stories of Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, the Indian Removal Act, and more.
The Navajo Code Talkers Foundation site tells the stories of young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of World War II. This would be ideal for sharing during Native American Heritage Month or a related history unit.
The Library of Congress presents this site that includes a teacher's guide offering an excellent way to incorporate primary sources from the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, and other institutions.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Tuesday (11/15) for our next OK2Ask® virtual workshop and this Thursday (11/17) for our next bimonthly Twitter chat. Skim a trio of related blog posts and don't forget to give your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 11/15, 7 PM ET
Join us to learn more about computational thinking and coding in the classroom. Learning to code helps students understand problem-solving and logic while expressing their creative side. Explore Google tools that engage students in coding.
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Thursday, 11/17, 8 PM ET
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss the components of building a classroom community and share strategies and resources for using technology to foster an inclusive community.
Explore ways to build connections in the classroom »
Infusing Technology Blog
This powerful trio of blog posts all relate to Native American history and culture. Read posts about Navajo Code Talkers, Native Knowledge 360, and primary sources for Native American Heritage Month to find resources to share with your class.
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