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American Indian Shelter Project

Due October 2th


Dear Parents,

            Our social studies class will be completing its first out of class project of the school year.  We will be building American Indian Shelters and writing a research paper about the shelter.  Think about a shelter you and your child would be interested in building together.  I have included guidelines to follow and a few examples of shelters we have had in previous years.  I have also included the rubric that will be used to score the project.  Below are a few websites that can provide some helpful information for researching and constructing the shelter. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 606-862-4625 or amber.wood@laurel.kyschools.us










Thank You,

Mrs. Wood




American Indian Shelter Project Directions

  • Chose an American Indian shelter you are interested in researching and building (Ms. Thomas will have to approve the selections)

  • Use as many natural products (leaves, sticks, grass etc…) as possible

  • Spend as little money as possible constructing the shelter

  • Attach the shelter to a stable base (board, cardboard, etc…)

  • Research the shelter and write a one page paper about the shelter

    • The paper should include:

      • The region where the shelter could be found

      • Tribe(s) that built this shelter

      • What the natives would have used to make the shelter

      • Why natives built this particular shelter

      • Any other interesting facts

  • Each student will be required to present and explain his/her shelter to the class


Below are some examples of shelters that students have made in the past.







American Indian Shelter Project





Creativity (10)



Appearance (10)



Knowledge of Shelter (30)



Presentation (20)



Effort (30)