Wednesday, October 10, 2012

True Facts About Native Americans and First Nations

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.


It is important to teach students about the past and present lives of Native Americans.Native American cultures are still alive and well and kids need to understand this. Use this website to teach students about native americans and first peoples. Suggestions from Raki's Rad Resources.


With Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, I often see and hear a lot of insensitive displays regarding Native Americans.  While it’s great (and often required via standards) to teach students how Native Americans lived during the times when settlers were just arriving in America, too often we leave students believing that this is how Native Americans live today.  We also often leave students with an inaccurate pictures of Native American cultures overall. 
When I taught this topic a few years ago, I stumbled along a wonderful website called Native Languages.org.  This site gives students (and teachers) a clear idea of good, solid facts about many, many Native American and First Nation tribes from North America (US and Canada).  It includes general questions about Native Americans, as well as specific information about over 100 specific tribes.
Native Languages - A wonderful website resource for teaching students about many different Native American and First Nation tribes.
Native Languages - A wonderful website resource for teaching students about many different Native American and First Nation tribes.
All of the information is written in kid-friendly paragraphs that can be easily understood by my third and fourth grade students.  In addition, there are reminders to students that although the Native American people may have lived one way at one time, that has changed now.
Native Languages - A wonderful website resource for teaching students about many different Native American and First Nation tribes.

This site does not have many graphics, but to have all of this quality information available in one place makes this a truly wonderful resource. It was a great resource for my students when they were completing thier Native Americans Internet Scavenger Hunt.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources