American Indian Cultures

Students will explore the American Indian in historical and cultural terms for each region. While exploring the Maritime Exhibit’s ships and rivers, students will learn about the use of clay in different American Indian regions and how pottery is an important contribution to American life before making a pinch-pot to take home. In the Heritage Classroom,  various forms of shelter used by American Indians will be discussed before students create their own wattle and daub structures. The American Indian Exhibit will host students as they learn about the food, clothing and shelter of the American Indians.

SS3H1 – Describe early American Indian cultures and their development in North America.

  • Locate the regions where American Indians settled in North America: Arctic, Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast.
  • Compare and contrast how American Indians in each region used their environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Discuss how American Indians continue to contribute to American life (e.g., arts, literature)

SS3G3 Describe how physical systems affect human systems.

  • Explain why American Indian groups occupied the areas they did (SS3H1a) with emphasis on why some developed permanent villages and others did not.

Review from Unit 2:

SS3G1- Locate Major topographical features on a physical map of the United States.

SS3G2- Locate and describe the equator, prime meridian, and lines of latitude and longitude on a globe.