Native American Legends

Native American Legends make an excellent topic for an interdisciplinary, thematic reading unit. This project could be adapted for many levels.

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Title: The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Author: Tomie DePaola
Publisher: Paper Star, 1996 (reissued)
ISBN: 0698113594
Ages: 7-8
Book Ideas: Anticipation Guide

Title: The Legend of Indian Paintbrush
Author: Tomie DePaola
Publisher: Putnam, 1988
ISBN: 0399215344
Ages: 7-8
Book Ideas: Anticipation Guide

Title: Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale
Author: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Viking, 1977
ISBN: 0140502114
Ages: 4-8
Book Ideas: CyberGuide, Lesson

Title: Raven: A Trickster Tale
Author: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Harcourt, 1993
ISBN: 0152656618
Ages: 4-8
Book Ideas: Trickster Tales Unit (do a Leprechauns unit), Lesson Ideas

Title: The Story of Jumping Mouse
Author: John Steptoe
Publisher: Lothrop, 1985
ISBN: 0688019021
Ages: 4-8
Other Versions: 2 Versions

Title: Crow and Weasel
Author: Barry Lopez
Publisher: Sunburst, 1998 (reprint)
ISBN: 0374416133
Ages: 9-12
Book Ideas: Crow and Weasel Unit

Technology Connections
Try some of the following activities using the software in your classroom, lab, or library:
  • KidPix or Paint Software. Create a slide show story.
  • Kidspiration or Inspiration. Create a diagram retelling the story.

Internet Connections
Thematic Starting Points
42eXplore: Native Americans
Native American Lore
Tall Tales
Teacher Resources and WebQuests
Legend Unit
Related Words



Native American tribes






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Created by Annette Lamb, 01/02. Updated 1/04.