November is National American Indian Heritage History Month.

This week, Education World offers 12 lessons to help students learn about Native American history and cultures.
Included: Activities that involve students in dramatizing folktales, learning new words, preparing traditional foods, and much more!

This year marks the tenth anniversary of National American Indian Heritage Month. How did this month of recognition of our country's native peoples get started? A brief time line illustrates some of the key events on the way to that designation:

This week, Education World offers a dozen activities to help teachers celebrate and study Native American traditions and cultures! A brief description of each activity is provided below. Click any headline for a complete teaching resource!

  Dramatizing Folktales, Legends, and Myths
Students read and act out folktales from a variety of Native American cultures. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

By the Numbers
Students learn about the populations of Native Americans in different states and practice reading a table. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

Native American Recipes
Help students follow recipes to prepare foods that are popular in some Native American cultures. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

What's in a Name?
Students learn the origins of the names of U.S. states, focusing on names that were derived from Native American words. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Code Talkers
Students learn about the Navajo code talkers and have fun using a Navajo code talkers' dictionary to create and decode secret messages! (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Native American Misconceptions
Highlight American Indian stereotypes in students' drawings of an Indian child at home. (Grades Pre-K, K-2, 3-5)

Ball and Triangle Game
Students create a modern-day version of a game that was popular among some Indian children. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

Native American Glossary
Help students create a glossary of words used in the English language that have Native American origins. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

Oral Histories
Students interview local Native Americans to learn about their history, culture, and contributions to the region. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Native American Word Search
Students search this puzzle for the names of 20 of the most populous Native American groups in the United States today. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)