6th Grade Indigenous Societies In North America Lesson Plan (Social Studies)

Topic: Indigenous Societies in North America

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the characteristics and lifestyles of the various indigenous societies that lived in North America prior to European colonization.


  • Images of indigenous societies from North America (e.g. Native Americans, Inuit, etc.)
  • Handouts with information about the lifestyles and customs of the different indigenous societies
  • Colored pencils or markers


  • Ask students to share what they know about indigenous societies in North America. Write their answers on the board.
  • Ask students what characteristics they think all indigenous societies in North America shared. Write their answers on the board.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of indigenous societies and explain that these are societies that existed in North America before European colonization.
  • Use maps to show the locations of different indigenous societies in North America.
  • Use photographs or other visual materials to show what life was like in these societies.
  • Use the handout to provide more information about indigenous societies in North America.

Guided Practice:

  • Have students work in small groups to research and present on a specific indigenous society from North America.
  • Provide support and guidance as needed.

Independent Practice:

  • Have students choose one indigenous society to research in more depth.
  • Have them create a poster or presentation to share with the class on their chosen society.


  • Review the important points of the lesson.
  • Ask students to reflect on what they have learned and how it impacts them personally.


  • Observe students during the guided and independent practice activities to assess their understanding of the topic.
  • Collect and review the projects for understanding of the topic and use of research skills.

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