Grade 3 - The First Americans - Closed Captioned

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Video Storyline: Let’s go back to a time when there were only Native Americans in the U.S. We outline some of the major tribes, their housing, and way of life. We then meet Pocahontas and the first Europeans. Moving forward, we explore early settler life and then the events that led to the Declaration of Independence, and the birth of the United States.

Video length: 11:25 minutes

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Native American Tribe Research Organizer

First Americans – Match the Description Worksheet

Native American Artifact Inspection

Early American History Timeline

Draw A Scene – Early American History

Universal Resources

National Standards

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Classroom Ideas 

The First Americans

Native American Groups

Divide the class into groups.  Assign each group a Native American tribe.  Each group will research their tribe and make a presentation to the rest of the class. Topics will include homes, food, daily activities, clothing, etc.

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.


Art and Social Studies

Use various materials to create a small-scale home for a group of Native Americans, e.g. a wigwam. Can be done in groups.

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words bartering and artifact mean? Think about the meaning of this word as you watch this video.

Create Quizzes

Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.


Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another form of accessing information and creating knowledge. 


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Topics Covered In This Video

Native Americans were the first people here and are made up of many different tribes

Their homes and ways of life could be very different from region to region

Pocahontas was a notable Native American woman who helped the settlers

Settlers expanded into 13 colonies, all under the rule of the King of England

Conflict with England grew, there was a war, and then a new country was born

The brand new U.S.A. created the Constitution as its plan to guide the new country

Videos in this Series

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Grade 3 - A Country of Cultures

Grade 3 - I Am A Consumer

Grade 3 - Businesses At Work

Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities

Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities

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