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FC: American Great Plains


4 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 5th Grade

Weeks: 1

Pages: 40

Standards: 5.1 - 5.8, 5.13, 5.13a, 5.113b, 5.113c

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC534


The earliest people of the Great Plains mixed hunting and gathering wild plants. The cultures developed horticulture, then agriculture, as they settled in sedentary villages and towns. Maize, originally from Mesoamerica and spread north from the Southwest, became widespread in the south of the Great Plains around 700 CE. Plains farmers developed short-season and drought-resistant varieties of food plants. They did not use irrigation but were adept at water harvesting and siting their fields to receive the maximum benefit of limited rainfall.


Numerous Plains peoples hunted the American bison (or buffalo) to make items used in everyday life, such as food, cups, decorations, crafting tools, knives, and clothing. The tribes followed the seasonal grazing and migration of the bison. The Plains Indians lived in tipis because they were easily disassembled and allowed the nomadic life of following game.

4 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned with the new LDOE field test (Assessment will be in an update)
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 5.13 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Indigenous civilizations of the Americas.
  • 5.13a Identify and locate the geographic features of the Americas, including the Andes Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, Great Plains, Pacific Ocean Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Mississippi River, Amazon River, South America, Caribbean Sea, North America, Yucatan Peninsula, and the Central Mexican Plateau.
  • 5.13b Explain the effects of geographic features on Indigenous North American cultures (Northeast, Southeast, and Plains), including clothing, housing, and agriculture.
  • 5.13c Describe the existence of diverse networks of Indigenous North American cultures, including varied languages, customs, and economic and political structures.

Framing Question

What do the Mandan and Hidatsa cultures reveal about life in the Great Plains region of North America?

Supporting Questions

  1. How did Native Americans living in the Plains region adapt to their environment?
  2. What are some of the unique characteristics of the Mandan and Hidatsa cultures?



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