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American Indian Resources
All Native American-related resources are listed here. These STEM resources incorporate a multi-cultural perspective. Many were created by Native American teachers participating in an outreach program of the National Teachers Enhancement Network.

Indian Bread-root -- Turnips
This is an activity focused on dietary vitamins from edible plants that teaches students about good nutrition and the importance of plants as food sources. Students discuss the types of plants commonly eaten by humans and learn that different plant...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Vitamins


Insect Mouth Parts
This is a series of classroom activities that teach students about the diversity of structure within the insect world and how those structures affect insect behavior. Students observe, compare, and describe -- both verbally and in writing -- how...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Insect Morphology


Introducing Butterflies
This is a multi-part lesson on butterflies that teaches students about the diversity of the insect world and about the several stages of insect life cycles, each with its own structure and behavior. Students observe, compare, and describe these...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Butterflies


Introducing Movement and Mapping
This is a lesson on describing and mapping movement that teaches students about position and motion in the physical world. Students observe, describe, and record examples of position and motion relative to themselves and to other students. A...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Position & Motion, Paths & Maps


Mapping Circular Movements
This is a lesson on describing and mapping circular movement, to teach students about position and motion in the physical world. Students participate as a group in an American Indian round dance, learning how motion changes their positions in the...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Position & Motion, Paths & Maps


Native American Seed Jewelry
This is a single-activity lesson that encourages students in visual arts using natural products. Students create jewelry from various plant seeds, a traditional art among Native Americans. Class discussion about the uses of plants reinforces...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Biological Science, Plants, Seeds


Native Uses for Buffalo
This is a multi-part activity on optimizing natural resources that encourages students to think about best utilizing your own environment. Students learn and discuss the many uses by Native Americans of buffalo byproducts. Student-created buffalo...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Environments, Optimizing Resources


Pemmican Protein
This is a classroom activity on making dried pemmican that teaches students about basic nutrition and the importance of protein in the diet. Students cooperate to make the dehydrated food in class, then record their individual observations. A...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Proteins


Plant Diversity and Reproduction
This is a multi-activity lesson on plant structures that teaches students about the diversity of the plant world and about several stages of plant life cycles. Students observe, compare, and describe plant structures both verbally and in drawings. ...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Plant Structures


Powwow Percussion Sounds
This is a multi-activity lesson that teaches students about sound through native songs, dances, and sound-makers. Students watch and listen to different powwow dances and music, then compare and describe these in group activity and discussions, in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Sound, Bells