North American Before Europeans

North American Before Europeans

Author: Bailee Hobbs

CA State History Standard for 5th Grade

5.1 Students describe the major pre-Columbian settlements, including the cliff
dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of
the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland
peoples east of the Mississippi River.
1. Describe how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and
adjusted to the natural environment, including locations of villages, the distinct structures
that they built, and how they obtained food, clothing, tools, and utensils.
2. Describe their varied customs and folklore traditions.
3. Explain their varied economies and systems of government.

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Big Questions

After going throw the following resources and completing in the quiz, in your history journal write a detailed paragraph explaining haWt a Pre-Columbian settlement is. List all the major settlement regions, and provide an example of a group who lived in each region (describe distinguishing details about each tribe).

Pre-Columbian Civilizations: North American Indians Before Europeans

Follow the link below and watch the video.


Source: "Pre-columbian Civilization- North American Indians before Europeans -." TeacherTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

Pre-Columbian Civilizations

Click on the following link to learn more all the different civiliizations that were in North America before it was colonized.


Source: "Pre-Columbian Civilization." - New World Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1

This is a about a ten minute video that provides a brief overview of the different people groups that lived in North America before the Europeans arrived.

Source: Crashcourse. "The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1." YouTube. YouTube, 31 Jan. 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2016.