Native American Religion in Early America
http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/natrel.htm

OVERVIEW + DISCUSSION GUIDE Teaching about Native American religion is a challenging task to tackle with students at any level, if only because the Indian systems of belief and ritual were as legion as the tribes inhabiting North America. This site provides ideas to the teacher to make the discussion comprehensible to students. MS & Up

Alaska Native Stories: Using Narrative to Introduce Expository Text
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/alaska-native-stories-using-129.html

WEB LESSON This Read, Write Think lesson uses traditional stories of the Native peoples (i.e., narrative text) to introduce students to the study of animals in Alaska (i.e., expository text). Students use the Internet to listen to a Yu'pik tale told by John Active, a Native American living in Alaska. They also use online resources to find facts about animals in Alaska. Students compare and contrast the two types of text in terms of fiction and nonfiction. The narrative stories provide students with a context to begin studying a content area topic; this lesson emphasizes the integration of curriculum. Grades 3-5

Anishinabe - Ojibwe - Chippewa: Culture of an Indian Nation
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/anishinabe-ojibwe-chippewa-culture-indian-nation

WEB LESSON This lesson provides information and activities about one American Indian Nation, the Anishinabe, called Ojibwe in Canada and Chippewa in the U.S., and engages students in research on its history, location, and past and present culture. Students will be introduced to the past and present cultures of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe people, the tribe's original and contemporary locations, and the meanings and history of their different names. The class will then research together the topic of historical migration of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe, and the lesson culminates with group research projects focusing on different aspects of the culture, beliefs and traditions of this tribe. Grades 3-5

Traditions and Languages of Three Native Cultures: Tlingit, Lakota, & Cherokee
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=378

WEB LESSON In this series of four lessons by the National Endowment for the Humanities students first learn about the concept of traditions and how they relate to beliefs and sacred stories. They then explore how this occurs in the lifestyle of the Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest, the Lakota of the Great Plains and the Cherokee of the Southeast Woodlands. In the final lesson, the students will compare the three native cultures they have studied and discuss why it is important to maintain their traditions and languages. Primary Grades

After the Mayflower: We Shall Remain
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/beyond_broadcast/landing_1

WEB LESSON & VIDEO This online episode of the PBS documentary We Shall Remain looks at the early colonial settlement from the Native American perspective. The thread of differing spiritual understandings of the world and man's place in it recur. Discussion questions, maps and classroom activities supplement the video.

Totem Poles of the North American Northwest Coast Indians
http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1985/6/85.06.01.x.html#d

WEB LESSONS To the Northwest Coast Indians, the totem pole provided a means of communicating their stories, myths and legends. The totem pole is an arrangement of symbols or memory devices in sequence created for the purpose of recalling a story or event. These symbols convey meaning and are a visual expression of what the Indian culture meant. Indian stories represent ideas intrinsic to Indian society and beliefs. MS - HS

Nez Perce Spirituality: an integrated arts; literature, visual art, music and dance unit
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_links.html#NezPerce

WEB LESSON This Nez Perce National Historical Park lesson plan utilizes the museum collections at http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/nepe/index.html. Students evaluate images of selected artifacts,documents and histoical photos and draw conclusions from them about the spiritual life of the people.

The religious world of the Cherokee
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-twoworlds-lessons/2650

WEB Activity This reading guide will help to guide student reading of "Maintaining Balance: The Religious World of the Cherokee" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions ask the students to consider Cherokee religious beliefs and how they may have affected interactions with the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.

The Kwakwaka'wakw: A Study of the North Pacific Coast People and the Potlach
http://nmai.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/education/Kwak_Poster_TG.pdf

WEB LESSON The focus of this National Museum of the American Indian Museum lesson is on Kwakwaka'wakw traditions that express concepts of wealth, values of giving, and the importance of cultural continuity. Students will learn about the Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch practice: its history, the values inherent in it, and the important role it plays in establishing and maintaining family connections to the past, to ancestors, and to the spirits of all living things. MS

Native American Beliefs
http://sites.psu.edu/marysellers/lesson-plan/

WEB LESSON Through this lesson by Mary Sellers at Pennsylvania State University students will understand the two main religious traditions in Native American religion, the Northern and Southern tradition, and will understand basic differences in beliefs as illustrated by their creation myths.