Welcome, teachers! As a fellow educator, I understand the importance of finding historically accurate and educationally enriching activities and supplemental materials. I also know how challenging it can be to actually track down information, particularly when it comes to the topic of Native Americans in general, but specifically Connecticut's local Indigenous Peoples. To that end, the IAIS Education Department has been closely involved with the development of this website to ensure that it will be a valuable tool for today's classrooms. Our Exhibits and Collections pages, especially are laden with a wealth of information that can be incorporated into your lessons.
Additionally, this page, designed specifically for teachers and students, will be an ever-growing compendium of useful resources. Feel free to use any material found on this page or anywhere else on the site, knowing that the information is as complete and accurate as current knowledge and research allow. We will strive to continue to post new materials as time goes on, so check back often!
And if there's something you would like to see here that we don't currently offer, send me an e-mail and we'll see what we can do!
Matthew B. Barr
- Lesson Plans - a variety of Native American-themed lesson plans and units across multiple grade levels. Use and modify them as you see fit.
- Recommended Reading - whether you're looking for stories and legends, how-to-books or historical information, check our list of recommended titles. Our list also includes tips on what to look for in a book to be confident of its accuracy.
- Crafts For The Classroom - hands-on learning! Detailed and illustrated instructions for traditional Native American crafts such as dreamcatchers, talking sticks and cornhusk dolls.
- Recipes For The Classroom - stimulate all of your students' senses! Foods are one of the most readily identifiable and easily communicable aspects of many cultures. Try these traditional Native American recipes in your classroom.
- Coloring & Activity Sheets - coloring sheets...crossword puzzles...word finds...any activity sheets you need to reinforce a particular lesson can be found right here.