Native American Research

4th Grade

Ready 4 Research

You are about to embark on a research journey where you will be learning all about a specific Native American tribe. Using a variety of resources (both online and print), you will explore the Appearance, Shelter/Geographical Location, Customs/Traditions/Ceremonies, and Food of your specific tribe. Working as a small group, you will create a presentation in GoogleDocs to share the information you learn over the next two weeks during your research. You will also be using Smore to create a brochure to explain your Native American tribe. Use your time effectively, work with your group, and most of all have fun exploring these important people!
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5 Native American Tribes

Each group will be researching a specific Native American tribe. The tribes are:


  • Apache
  • Caddo
  • Comanche
  • Jumano
  • Karankawa

Resources for Research

You will have access to the following resources for your research:



  1. Library Books
  2. World Book Kids Online
  3. Websites selected by Mrs. Littlejohn
  4. Additional resources


Searching the Library Catalog (HIP)

You will want to know what library books can help you with your research.

  • Access the Library Catalog (HIP).
  • Type in a keyword (Hint: the name of your Native American tribe or words like Native American, American Indians) and press enter.
  • Look at the summary of the book you found to see if it might be useful.
  • Record the title of the book.


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World Book Kids Online

World Book Kids Online is an online encyclopedia with articles that might be useful while you are researching your topic.


  • Access World Book Kids Online by clicking on MackinVia here. When working on a computer anywhere at school, you can access MackinVia by clicking on the icon on the desktop. You will have to ask Mrs. Littlejohn for the username and password.
  • Enter the information for our school, the username, and the password.
  • Choose the icon for World Book.
  • Next, choose the icon for World Book Kids.
  • Type in a word or words in the Search box and click Go to search.
  • Once you find an article that looks worthy of reading, click on it. You can read the article on your own or choose to have it read aloud to you.


Searchasaurus provides students with articles from magazines and books on many topics. Access Searchasaurus by clicking on MackinVia here. When working on a computer anywhere at school, you can click on the MackinVia icon on the desktop. You will have to ask Mrs. Littlejohn for the username and password.


  • Enter the information for our school, username, and password.
  • Choose the icon for ESBCO host.
  • Next, choose the icon for Searchasaurus.
  • In the Find box, type a keyword you would like to search for and press Search.
  • Once you find an article worthy of reading, click on the title to read the article.

Websites to Explore

There are some good websites with accurate information on the web. It is okay sometimes to use Google to look up something you want to know about on the web, but for this research project you will not be using Google to search!



Take a look at these websites that you will want to revisit as you are completing your research on your tribe.