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Native American Webquest


Gail Skroback Hennessey

An overview of different Native American tribes,famous Native Americans in history, and contributions of Native Americans in arts, government, language and more!

1. Native American were the original settlers to North America. What is the term for the first people to live in an area?___________

How did the native americans get the name, "Indian"?____________________________ Since many Native Americans didn't record their history,what are two ways in which we have learned about their cultures?___________________and________________ Find the answers at this link:

2. 2. There were several different type of Native American shelters. Those that were nomadic lived in tepees. Pueblos. The word comes from the Spanish language. Name a native American tribe that lived in Pueblos?_______________Often, pueblos were built where?_________ and_________. Why do you think this was done?(thought question)_____________ You can see examples of pueblos at Mesa Verde National Park. Longhouse: Which native Americans lived in longhouses?_______________ What was the problem with the inside of the longhouses because there were few openings?(thought question)_______________What was the term for the group of people that lived in a longhouse?_________Plank houses were a shelter built by the Chinook. Wigwam: The Wampanoags, call wigwams “wetu”. Another group of Native Americans that built wigwams were the Apache or Ojibwa. Who was responsible for setting up the wigwam or teepee?____________Why did a teepee have an opening at the top?____________Why do you think the Wampanoag moved away from the coast in the winter(thought question)__________Find the answers at this

3. With over 1000 Native American tribes in the United States,name four tribes of the Great Plains.____________ ___________and ____________Which animal was hunted for food and other needs?____________Being nomadic, what was their shelter called?____________ Name a native American people of Alaska._______________Which native Americans were famous for their totem poles?_____________________and ____________Because there weren't many trees, from what did the the Apache, Pueblo and Navajo use to make their shelter?_________What was the name for the five native American nations that were located in the Northeastern part of the U.S.A?_______________Find the answers at this link:

4. During the Revolutionary War,on which side did most Native Americans side?________________Why did they choose this side to support?________________________ How was a strong power, the Iroquois Confederacy, weakened during the American Revolutionary War?_____________________ Find the answers at this link: side would you have joined and why?____________________________________

There are 12 web questions in the complete resource.

Did You Know?

Native Americans shared their cure for Scurvy, a disease caused by the lack of Vitamin C.They made a tea from evergreen branches and gave it to French Explorer, Jacques Cartier and his men(1536).

Did you know that Native Americans shared with the Pilgrims the idea of using dead fish when planting corn. It was a natural fertilizer.

At the first Thanksgiving, in 1621, the Wampanoag people shared foods such as squash, corn, maple syrup, cranberries, pumpkins and turkey, with the Pilgrims.

Have you placed the game of lacrosse? It was first played by the Native American. Interestingly, it wasn't a "game" but a way to settle arguments. The French explorers first saw the game and named it.

There are 9 Did You Know? Statements in the complete resource.

Comprehension Questions:

1.How was Sacagawea important to the Lewis and Clark expedition? Give 3 examples)

2. Why did most Native American tribes side with the British during the American Revolutionary War?

3. Sequoyah developed a writing system for his people. Why is a writing system important to a culture?

There are 8 Comprehension Questions in the complete resource.

Teacher Page:

Have students in small groups work on the web quest. Regroup and discuss the web quest.

After completing the webquest, have students write a diary entry pretending to be a Native American(a famous person mentioned, walking the Trail of Tears, etc.) Include 3 facts learned from the web quest in the diary.

Extension Activities:

1. Some words in English from Native Americans:

manatee, opossum, parka, raccoon, skunk, squash, succotash, woodchuck, moccasin, chipmunk

Have students draw/color a picture of one of the these words. Write a haiku on your word.

2. Make a totem pole-use my photograph this short video clip that shows animals and their importance as a symbol.

3. Make a dream catcher:

4. Read a Native American Folkstory:

There are 12 extension activities in the complete resource.




* from Native Americans

Notes: Illustration from:

Additional Resources of Interest:

1. Sacagawea, A Reader's Theater Script:Sacagawea

2. Sequoyah, the Man that Invented a Writing System(A Reader's Theater Script:Sequoyah, a Reader's Theater Script

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