November Virtual Bulletin Board

Curriculum Materials Center

David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University

Happy Thanksgiving: Lesson plan resources for the K-12 classroom

November is National Native American Heritage Month. The following materials will provide resources that can be used for lesson planning in Prek to 12 classrooms to teach the other side of the thanksgiving story. The following are bibliographies for books that are available to be checked out.


Native American Resources


Thanksgiving Literature



Here are a few of the titles available:

Online Resouces

Indians/Native Americans

Links to American history relating to Native Americans. Includes pictures, laws and treaties, and historical backgrounds.


National Museum of the American Indian: Online Collections Search

This webpage from the National Museum of the American Indian includes a sample of the museum's object and historic photo collections. The webpage notes that "Records for many objects include their original catalog cards, which often date to the early 1900's. These cards may include tribal names and terminology considered unacceptable or offensive today, but they have been included to illustrate the information that originally accompanied the objects."


Native American Crafts Unit

Crafts, techniques, and materials are used to make toys Native American and Colonial children might have played with. There also some recipes to use in lesson plans.


Native Knowledge 360

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures by incorporating Native narratives. Searchable by academic subject, nation, region, grade level and format of resources NK360° provides lesson plans that speak to the past as well as Native peoples and cultures today. This project of the National Museum of the American Indian links all lessons to the Common Core and the Standards of the National Council for the Social Studies.


What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?

Native Hope Mission statement: Native Hope exists to address the injustice done to Native Americans. This blog tells the other side of the thanksgiving story and gives insight into the culture and history of Native American Heritage Month. There are podcasts and eBooks available about the past, present, and future of Native American culture.