Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans with 15 Projects

Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans with 15 Projects

Explore how the first Americans, faced with varying climates in a vast land hundreds and thousands of years ago, developed everything we take for granted today: food supplies, shelter, clothing, religion, games, jewelry, transportation, communication, and more.

Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans uses hands-on activities to illuminate how the Native Americans survived and thrived by creating tools, culture, and a society based on their immediate environment. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars bring the topic to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary. Projects include building an archaic toolkit, creating Algonquin art, experimenting with irrigation systems, inventing hieroglyphics, making a “quinzy,” and playing the Inuit game of nugluktaq. In addition to a glossary and an index, an extensive appendix of sites and museums all over the country offers ideas where families can learn more about the various Native American cultures.

Kids ages 9–12 will gain an appreciation for the diversity of people and culture native to America, and learn to problem solve in a way that respects the environment.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL T

Subjects

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Geography
  • US History

Author
 

Illustrator
Beth Hetland 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619301702
  • Hardcover, 9781619301757

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Explore how the first Americans, faced with varying climates in a vast land hundreds and thousands of years ago, developed everything we take for granted today: food supplies, shelter, clothing, religion, games, jewelry, transportation, communication, and more.

Native Americans: Discover the History and Cultures of the First Americans uses hands-on activities to illuminate how the Native Americans survived and thrived by creating tools, culture, and a society based on their immediate environment. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars bring the topic to life, while Words to Know highlighted and defined within the text reinforce new vocabulary. Projects include building an archaic toolkit, creating Algonquin art, experimenting with irrigation systems, inventing hieroglyphics, making a “quinzy,” and playing the Inuit game of nugluktaq. In addition to a glossary and an index, an extensive appendix of sites and museums all over the country offers ideas where families can learn more about the various Native American cultures.

Kids ages 9–12 will gain an appreciation for the diversity of people and culture native to America, and learn to problem solve in a way that respects the environment.


Reviews

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Native Americans covers the culture, history, and traditions of many Native American tribes through different content areas, including language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. The book is aligned to common core state standards and does a good job relating past events with the present using vocabulary that is appropriate for the subject area and grade level.”


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Projects

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Build a Miniature Bullboat

Native Americans living in the Great Plains, including the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes of the upper Missouri River area, weren’t just hunters. They also fished in the many rivers that wind through the Plains. Some of these rivers, like the Missouri and Knife Rivers, are so big that Native Americans needed boats to cross them. It should be no surprise that bison were used in making these boats, called bullboats.

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Author-Illustrator

Kim Kavin

Kim is a freelance author based in Long Valley, New Jersey. A long-time member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Kim is also an avid sailor and serves as a volunteer for Lu-Lu’s Rescue, a Pennsylvania-based organization that helps to find homes for dogs in need.


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Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: T
Subjects: Ancient Civilizations, Geography, US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Native Americans covers the culture, history, and traditions of many Native American tribes through different content areas, including language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. The book is aligned to common core state standards and does a good job relating past events with the present using vocabulary that is appropriate for the subject area and grade level.”


Projects

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Build a Miniature Bullboat

Native Americans living in the Great Plains, including the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes of the upper Missouri River area, weren’t just hunters. They also fished in the many rivers that wind through the Plains. Some of these rivers, like the Missouri and Knife Rivers, are so big that Native Americans needed boats to cross them. It should be no surprise that bison were used in making these boats, called bullboats.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kim Kavin

Kim is a freelance author based in Long Valley, New Jersey. A long-time member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Kim is also an avid sailor and serves as a volunteer for Lu-Lu’s Rescue, a Pennsylvania-based organization that helps to find homes for dogs in need.

author image

Beth Hetland

Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA and from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.