Read-Aloud Anthology: Native Americans

This comprehensive teacher guide specifies learning objectives and provides background information, daily lesson plans, read-alouds, assessments, and other resources for teaching the domain.

CKLA Domain 6: Native Americans

Focus: Students are introduced to the broad concept that indigenous peoples lived on the continents of North and South America long before European explorers arrived. Students explore the distinctive cultures of three Native American groups, as well as how conditions in different geographical regions influenced their ways of life. Number of Lessons: 8 Lesson Time: 50 minutes each….

CKHG Unit 8: Americans Move West

Focus: As towns and cities along the East Coast grew, Americans began to look west. In this Grade 2 Core Knowledge History and Geography unit, students will see the new developments in transportation that helped make this happen. Canals, steamboats, wagon trains and, ultimately, the Transcontinental Railroad all took settlers west where they found new…

Americans Move West: CKHG Student Book

As the growing population began to fill up the towns and cities of the East Coast, Americans looked to move west. In this unit, students will see the new developments in transportation that helped make this happen, including the Transcontinental Railroad which carried settlers west where they found new ways of living. The Gold Rush took them to California. Students will also come to know of the negative impact of the westward movement, as the Native Americans who had lived on the land for centuries were forced to adjust, and often to move. Core Knowledge works to introduce students to difficult realities such as the Trail of Tears and the loss of great numbers of the American bison in an age appropriate manner.

The Earliest Americans: CKHG Student Reader

The Earliest Americans introduces some of the different native peoples who populated America many years before the arrival of European explorers, including the Inuit, the Ancestral Pueblo and Mound Builders, and specific Native American peoples of the American Southwest, Southeast, and Eastern Woodlands.

Core Knowledge History and Geography™ (CKHG) Student Readers offer engagingly written text with many color illustrations, maps, vocabulary sidebars, and a glossary. For each reader, a Teacher Guide and Timeline Cards are separately available. All materials may be downloaded and previewed in their entirety.


CKLA Unit 8: Third Grade Skills—Native American Stories

Focus: In Unit 8, students continue to build skills in spelling, grammar, and morphology. The Student Reader, Native American Stories, depicts specific groups of Native Americans  living in various regions of North America from an earlier period in time.  As students read the text, they consider how people adapt to their environment and how that…

CKHG Unit 4: The Earliest Americans

Focus: This unit (Unit 4 for schools using the CKHG series in Sequence grade-level order) introduces some of the different native peoples who populated America many years before the arrival of European explorers. Students learn how some of the earliest Americans arrived in North America as early as thirty thousand years ago along the Pacific Coast,…

Student Reader: Los nativos americanos y la expansión hacia el oeste: Culturas y conflictos

Please see the second part of the Native Americans and Westward Expansion Student Reader. This CKHG Student Reader in Spanish offers engagingly written and richly illustrated text on the topics specified for the unit. Each volume includes maps, color illustrations, vocabulary sidebars, and a glossary. In general, the content and presentation in CKHG Student Readers for Grades 3-5 are appropriate for young readers from the upper elementary grades through middle school.

The War of 1812: CKHG Student Book

In The War of 1812, students learn about the second time Americans fought Britain and won, gaining a new sense of nationhood. Students discover the Battle of New Orleans and Old Ironsides, and the new national anthem written at Fort McHenry. The unit also introduces students to the difficulties the war engendered for Native Americans.


Exploring the West: CKHG Student Book

Exploring the West focuses on the determination of some famous Americans to explore the West when our country was young. Students discover that as a boy, Daniel Boone learned about living in the forests from the Lenape Native Americans. This knowledge later helped him lead a group of men to clear the Wilderness Road, allowing settlers to travel through the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky. Students travel with Lewis and Clark and the group of explorers they led, the Corps of Discovery, and discover just how much help the Corps had from Native Americans along the way.