Louisiana Indian Lessons for Students

I. Louisiana Trail of Indians Day #1 (Print Lesson MS Word or PDF File)



  •  Identify similarities and differences in communities over time

  • Identify sources where historical information can be found and how that information can be used (H-1A-E3)

  • Locate general areas on maps and globes referenced in historical stories and legends (H-1A-E3)

  • Identify and describe the significance of various community landmarks and symbols (H-1C-E2)

1.  Building Background-Helpful History Teacher Links to Prepare for (Community Unit)

         Discuss Louisiana as a state and it's beginning

         Share information that Louisiana is a state.

         Begin Week 1 Lesson on the first Louisianans (Native Americans in our State)

         Hand out Study Guide for Quiz.  (Study Guide pdf file)


2. HOTS QUESTIONS: Where is Louisiana? Who were the first Louisianans?

3. Activities:

  • Show a picture of a Louisiana Parish Map that shows Louisiana Parishes on Lap top/Projector. Teacher will explain that Louisiana has 64 Parishes. 

  • Through the years, the state has experienced changes in history and how it began with Native American tribes.

  • The teacher will explain that they will be studying their community, the history and geography of the area. 

  •  Teacher will explain that the first Louisianans were Native American Indian tribes and that many tribes exist today. Show briefly the links that identify Louisiana Native Americans.

  •  Review Study Guide and Introduction Powerpoint Slide Show with Indian information.

  • Show Louisiana Indian Map (Designating Tribe Areas) Louisiana Folk Life Map.

  •  The children will watch: United Streaming- Gumbo Island: The First Louisianans Children visit the Chitimacha Nation of Charenton and archeological finds at Poverty Point State Commemorative Area in Epps.


4. Evaluation: Teacher Observation, Printed Technology Activity

5. Homework: Study for Social Studies Test on Louisiana Indians

Louisiana Indian Studies for Students   Lessons   PowerPoints  Interactives   Links Governorís Commission on Indian Affairs    Vermilion Parish Schools

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