Big Idea #1 - A Different Perspective on Thanksgiving

Many American Indian tribes have a different perspective on the Thanksgiving holiday and how it is portrayed in popular culture. Check out this article with links to K-12 lesson plans, resources, and for understanding a variety of American Indian perspectives. 

Big Idea #2 - November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and PBS Learning Media has a great collection of resources honoring American Indians. Visit their website to view the resources. There is a lesson plan on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha", and a teacher's guide about Thanksgiving. There is also a video about Lewis and Clark meeting members of the North Dakota American Indian tribes.

Big Idea #3 - IEFA resources

OPI's Indian Education Division has a lesson plan for the Thanksgiving holiday called 1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving. Visit their website for the full list of IEFA resources and lessons plans for all grades from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. You can also view their new poster series as well. You can also access national and other state resources for Indian Education.


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