Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Native Americans
Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area

Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.07

     challenging words:    chickees, chiefdoms, Chunkey, daub, earthen, reestablish, renewal, semi, shrewd, wraparound, achievement, area, ritual, rectangular, deerskin, capes
     content words:    Eastern Woodland, United States, Atlantic Ocean, Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Ohio River, Native Americans, Mound Builders, Temple Mound, Great Sun

Print Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area
     Print Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)

Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)

Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML

Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity

Feedback on Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area
     Leave your feedback on Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area  (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Native Americans of the Southeast Cultural Area
By Jennifer Kenny

1     The Eastern Woodland area is the eastern part of the United States, which runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. It includes the Great Lakes. Most scientists divide the region into the Northeast and the Southeast cultural areas. The southeastern portion ran from the Ohio River south to the Gulf of Mexico. The climate is humid and is well watered.
2     The Native Americans in this area were here before the year 500 AD. They were originally nomads who hunted, fished, and gathered roots and seeds. Then they cultivated maize, or corn, and that revolutionized their lives and permitted the development of complex societies.
3     Around 800 AD, the Mound Builders (or Mississippian) or Temple Mound culture built great earthen burial mounds. They built the city of Cahokia, which at one point may have had more than 20,000 people. It was as large as the large cities in Europe of that time. The Mound Builders were master farmers who settled along rivers. They also built massive earthworks to support their temples and their rulers' homes. The city declined by the year 1200 AD.
4     The farmers in this area were experts. Maize, beans, squash, and sunflowers were the staple crops. The Cherokees and others had three kinds of maize. They roasted one kind, boiled one kind, and ground one into flour for cornbread. If the soil was thought to be too sandy, they would move their fields to keep their crops healthy. The Natchez and Muskogean were farmers in this area who used hoes with stone, bone, or shell blades.
5     The Native Americans used bows and arrows to kill deer. They used blowguns with poison darts to hunt turkey and small game. They used spears, traps, and enclosures set in waterways to capture fish. They also collected nuts, fruits, edible roots, stalks, and leaves which could then be stored in baskets. Further south, the men hunted alligators.
6     The Indians in this area lived in villages. Villagers governed their own affairs. A head chief who discussed community matters led village councils. Some tribes organized into chiefdoms, which had a supreme ruler. Social rank was determined by birth.
7     The Natchez were sun-worshippers. A leader known as Great Sun, who according to the Natchez was a living god, ruled them. His relatives were the high priests called Suns. Then came the nobles, followed by the commoners, who did the farming, hunting, and mound building.
8     The Cherokee and Choctaw were more democratic and less formal. Their leaders were determined by achievement.
9     The homes and the public buildings were rectangular (although sometimes circular). They were constructed of wattle and daub. Branches and vines were woven over poles (wattle) and covered with mud or clay (daub). Sometimes thatch or animal hides were used as a covering also.

Paragraphs 10 to 17:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Native Americans
             Native Americans

United States
             United States

    American Government  
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
    Children in History  
    Government Careers  
    Hispanic Heritage  
    How Can I Help?  
    National Parks and Monuments  
    Native Americans  
    Presidents of the United States  
    Women's History  

United States History
    A Nation Divided
    A New Nation
    After the Civil War
    American Revolution  
    Cold War
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
    Lewis and Clark
    Pearl Harbor  
    Spanish American War (1898)  
    The 1890's  
    The 1900's  
    The 1910's  
    The 1920's  
    The 1930's  
    The 1940's  
    The 1950's  
    The 1960's  
    The 1970's  
    The 1980's  
    The 1990's  
    The 2000's  
    The Civil War
    The Great Depression
    The United States Grows
    The War of 1812  
    Wild, Wild West  
    World War I
    World War II  

50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit

Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities

More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
50 States

Monthly Themes

Place Value
Time and Calendar
Earth Day
Solar System
Following Directions
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
All About Me

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Order of Operations
Community Helpers
Addition and Subtraction
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts

Copyright © 2017 edHelper