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Salute to the sun: A Native American totem stands tall along British Columbia's rugged Strait of Georgia.

Photograph by Chris Deakin, My Shot

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Kachinas
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Kachinas

Photo of kachina dolls.

  • Concepts: arizona, culture, dolls, hopi, kachinas, spirituality
Thorn Apple
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Thorn Apple

"Locoweed" is a deadly poison.

  • Best for: Grades Post-secondary (ages 18+)
  • Concepts: drugs, hallucinogens, medicine, native americans, plants, poison, thorn apples
Westward Expansion Through Maps
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Westward Expansion Through Maps

Students use maps to understand westward expansion, its impact on different groups of people, and think about the long term impact of westward expansion.

  • Best for: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18)
  • Concepts: geographic perspective, historical maps, historic perspective, history, maps, map skills, migration, native americans, united states, united states history, westward expansion, westward migration
Stand-Up Projects
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Stand-Up Projects

Coastal Canadian school draws on First Nations heritage for innovative woodworking projects and community involvement.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bella bella community school, bentwood, british columbia, first nations, heiltsuk, paddleboards, woodworking
bayou
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bayou

A bayou is a slow-moving creek or a swampy section of a river or a lake where the water is still.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bayou, culture, lakes, louisiana, rivers, swamps, wetlands
Wampanoag Territory
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Wampanoag Territory

Wampanog-Territory-circa-1620.jpg

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: algonquian, historical maps, maps, massachusetts, native americans, pilgrims, plymouth, puritans, wampanoag
John Smith's Exploration Routes in the Chesapeake Bay
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John Smith's Exploration Routes in the Chesapeake Bay

Map of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: algonquian, american exploration, chesapeake bay, colonies, exploration, historical maps, john smith, maps, maryland, native americans
Delaware as Part of New Sweden
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Delaware as Part of New Sweden

Map of the Middle Colonies in 1638

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: boundries, delaware, dutch, dutch settlement, henry hudson, historical maps, maps, mid-atlantic colonies, middle colonies, native americans, new sweden
Colonies in Connecticut in the 1640s
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Colonies in Connecticut in the 1640s

Map of Connecticut and the New England Colonies

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: colonies, connecticut, dutch, dutch settlement, historical maps, maps, native americans, new england, puritans
Bering Land Bridge
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Bering Land Bridge

Map of North America showing human migration routes

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: ancient human migrations, bering land bridge, historical maps, ice age, maps, migration, migration routes, native americans
Native American Removal from the Southeast
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Native American Removal from the Southeast

Map of Indian forced migration routes

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: andrew jackson, cherokee, historical maps, indian territory, maps, native americans, oklahoma, southeastern united states
Battles Between Native Americans and the U.S. Army
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Battles Between Native Americans and the U.S. Army

Map of army forts and battles in the West

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: battles, general custer, historical maps, lakota, maps, native americans, wounded knee
Native American Cultures
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Native American Cultures

Map of Native American cultural regions

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: culture, historical maps, maps, native americans, north america, territories, tribes
Manhattan Before Development
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Manhattan Before Development

Photo: Historical illustration of Manhattan Island before 1609.

  • Concepts: atlantic ocean, forests, history, hudson river, manhattan, native americans
The French and Indian War
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The French and Indian War

Map of British and French land claims in New England and Canada

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: battles, canada, colonies, french and indian war, historical maps, maps, native americans, new england
New York Toponyms
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New York Toponyms

Learn about the linguistic origins of New York's modern-day place names, or toponyms.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: culture, diversity, europe, language, maps, native americans, new york, place names, toponymy
Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert
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Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert

A school in Tucson, Arizona, uses gardens and native plant biomes in project-based learning, celebrating local heritage and providing therapy to students.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, arizona, composting, deserts, food, gardening, manzo elementary school, native americans
Montezuma Castle
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Montezuma Castle

Photo. High-rising national monument.

  • Best for: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
  • Concepts: arizona, cliff dwelling, conservation, montezuma castle, national parks, native americans
Obsidian Spear Point
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Obsidian Spear Point

Photo. Projectile points to clues about ancient culture.

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: anthropology, archaeology, history, hunting, native americans, north america, projectile points, stone age, tools
North America: Human Geography
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North America: Human Geography

North America’s human landscape closely mirrors that of its physical environment: varied, rich, and constantly changing.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: climate change, continents, culture, drug trade, economics, human geography, immigration, native americans, north america, politics, tourism
Intriguing Interactions
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Intriguing Interactions

The Hopewell left behind more than just earthworks all over the Ohio River Valley. They also left a cache of artifacts.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: earthworks, history, hopewell tradition, native americans, ohio, pilgrimages, religion, trade
Diversity in New York Place Names
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Diversity in New York Place Names

Students learn about and investigate the origins of place names in New York. Then they map place names and analyze patterns.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: diversity, maps, migration, new amsterdam, new york city, place names, settlers
The Dutch Influence in New Netherland
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The Dutch Influence in New Netherland

Students read about, and watch video segments about, the Dutch influence in New Netherland. Then they identify Dutch cultural traits that endured to become part of American culture today.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: cultural diffusion, cultural markers, diversity, hudson river valley, netherlands, new netherland
Hudson River: Land Rights and Conflict
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Hudson River: Land Rights and Conflict

Students watch videos, analyze maps, and investigate the history of land transfer and conflict between the Dutch and Native Americans to understand the groups’ different ideas about land rights and “homeland.”

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: conflict, dutch, hudson river valley, land transfer, native americans, settlement