Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites

Many classrooms are using more and more technology.  Here are some Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites to use in your lesson plans.

Wonderopolis

I love how the articles start with a question, posted on a clean large green banner.  This draws the attention of the reader.  The forward and back buttons help the reader scroll through recent questions that were posed and answered. The boldfaced words highlight the important vocabulary and there is a quick quiz button to check for understanding right on the page. In addition, the reader can listen to the article read aloud, and lastly, there are resources listed as well. Check out this Wonderopolis page about Sitting Bull.

Smithsonian Tween Tribune

The TT website lets the reader choose the grade range reading level and search for a topic right away. Articles are clearly identified and easy to read.  If a reader begins to read and finds s/he needs a different reading level, the same article can be altered for an easier or more challenging similar article with the click of a button. The accompanying photo stays the same.  There is a button to take a quick quiz.  Check out this Smithsonian Tween Tribune article about Native American Art.

Read Works

The ReadWorks website lets the teacher assign the articles for students. Articles are categorized by reading levels and students can access a digital and print version. Updates to the website allow for easy navigation by clicking the article, vocabulary, and question buttons.  Students can listen to the article with the audio button, which indicates the time allotted. Teaching Standards are listed and Related articles are found nearby. Check out this ReadWorks article about Native American Cultures.

Newsela

The Newsela website allows you to search for articles in a variety of ways.  The search button is clearly posted on the page and articles pop up with ease. With a better version, you can search by “units’ and other options.  Article reading levels can be changed with the toggle button easily, and the article will look the same. Another neat feature is that you can see how popular the article is in classrooms in the left sidebar. Check out this Newsela article about Native American Cultures: The Great Plains.

TeachingBooks.net

The Teaching Books website is concise and very easy to use.  The big red search bar has several tabs to use for searching books, authors, subjects, and more.  I love how multimedia information is collected and organized by author and / or book. Check out this TeachingBooks page about Code Talkers.

 

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SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II
by Andrea M. Page (Pelican Publishing Company 2017)
Order on your copy now!
Pelican’s website click here.
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Liftbridge Bookstore
Books A Million
Powell’s 

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Read the Kirkus Review here.

School Library Journal Review

03/01/2017
Gr 7 Up—This well-documented title vividly brings to life the story of John Bear King and other Sioux code talkers during World War II. What makes this nonfiction text unique is the painstaking detail the author, the great-niece of King, took to research actual coded messages in military archives and transcribe them into the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages….The book is engaging from start to finish, with a well-written text that is enhanced by period photographs and reproductions of significant documents. VERDICT A valuable work for teens studying code talkers and American Indian contributions to the U.S. victory in the Pacific theater.—Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery

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