Native Americans are the original settlers of North America. They lived in several regions covering all of the United States. As a result of this, they ways in which they lived varied from region to region.
As part of our study of the history of the United States, it is important to understand the Native Americans importance to our culture and development as a country. Using this webquest you will travel back in time and visit the various tribes that lived in the different regions of the United States.
How were the tribes different from each other? How did they adapt to and survive in their environment? At the end of this project, you will create a presentation of your tribe to the class
You need to learn about Native Americans in one region of the United States. You will work in a team of seven historians.
Each team will be assigned one region to become experts on. You will create a presentation to share what you have learned about the tribes in your region.
There are certain areas that you will need to research in order to gain a thorough understanding of your region and how Native Americans adapted to and survived in their surroundings.
The regions are: NorthWest, Southwest, Great Plains, Southeast Woodlands, and Northeast Woodlands.
Each historian in your group will become an expert in one research area.
The areas of research are:
tribes and geographical features
food and hunting
shelter and transportation
art and technology
tools and weapons
customs and traditions
Click here for research questions to help guide you.
art and technology
tools and weapons
In addition to your presentation, for homework each historian will create an artifact. This might be a totem pole, clothing, symbol story, shelter, jewelry, artwork, or anything else that relates to your tribe. You must be prepared to explain the importance of the artifact and how it relates to your tribe. Be creative!! Be sure to talk with your team members to make sure no two people are doing the same type of artifact.
Each team of historians will create a presentation which will include the following; your team poster/powerpoint, each individual artifact, and pictures with descriptions of the areas each expert researched.
You will be working in groups of seven to become experts and create a presentation about Native Americans in one region of the United States. Be sure that you read all of the directions carefully and use the following question to guide your research; "How were Native Amercian tribes different from each other and how did they survive in their surroundings?" Have fun!!
Step 1: Have each team member choose one of the following areas to become an expert on in your region:
- Tribes and geographical features expert
- Food and hunting expert
- Shelter and transportation expert
- Clothing expert
- Art and technology expert
- Tools and weapons expert
- Customs and traditions expert
Use the research questions to guide your research.
Step 2: Use the links to websites below to help you in your research. You may also use library books or books from the classroom to help you in your research. Organize the information obtained from your research using the graphic organizers for notes.
Step 3: You will be working independently while doing the research portion.
Step 4: When everyone on your team has completed their research, you will meet as a group to begin organizing and creating your project.
Step 5: Each team member is responsible for completing their expert area on the project (e.g. clothing expert produces the "clothing" part of the project). Remember your individual project (artifact) can be a totem pole, piece of clothing, symbol story, shelter, example of weaving, jewelry, artwork, or anything that relates to your tribe. Be creative!! Be sure to talk with your team members so no two people will be creating the same type of artifact.
Step 6: As a team, you will be presenting the information on Native Americans in your region. After each team member has completed their portion of the project and their artifact, you will be putting together a presentation poster which will include each team members artifact and your information. The presentation board should also include pictures that explain/show each area studied. Each "expert" will present on their area AND the artifact they created.
North Eastern Woodlands
South Esatern Indians
Congratulations!! You have successfully completed your first WebQuest. You and your fellow historians are now "experts" on different Native American Regions in the United States. You have worked independently and as a team to create your presentation. You will have a chance to learn about the Native Americans in all regions of the U.S. as they are presented by each team to the class. How were the Native American tribes different from each other and how did they survive in their environments?
Thanks to Mr./Ms. Ghuhne for developing the original webquest. I loved it so much that I only modified it a bit to fit my class and state requirements.