Lesson Plan

Assiniboine Children

Assiniboine mother and her child in a cradleboard

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
American Indian History and Culture
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
North Dakota Fourth Grade: 4.2.3, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.5.4, 4.6.2, North Dakota Eighth Grade: 8.6.2


Although Assiniboine children and modern children are from in entirely different time periods, they share similar childhood experiences. They had chores, toys, grandparents, parents, and similar games. This lesson goes into aspects of Assiniboine culture with an emphasis on the toys that Assiniboine children received from their parents.


Connect Assiniboine toys with tools the children would later use as adults.
Describe how to put up a tipi. 
Explain the characteristics of a chief. 
Identify uses of different parts of a buffalo.  


This lesson is split into two major parts: Assiniboine Woman and her Tipi and Assiniboine Man and his Bow. Each part provides aspects of Assiniboine life, Assiniboine childhood, and the tools they used as adults. Part Three provides a glossary of vocabulary words used throughout the two major parts that are in bold print. Part Four provides an activity and comprehensive reading questions. 


Park Connections

Fort Union epitomizes the mutually advantageous interaction of American Indian and European American cultures associated with the fur-trading empire on the Upper Missouri region of the American frontier. Daily life at Fort Union Trading Post reflected the social and economic relationship between and within American Indian and European American cultures associated with the 19th century fur-trading empire. The northern Plains Indian tribes were affected materially, socially, economically, domestically, religio

Additional Resources

Barbour, B. B. (2001). Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade. University of Oklahoma Press.
Denig, E. T. (2000). The Assiniboine. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 
Kennedy, M. S. (1961). The Assiniboines. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 
Mails, T. E. (1972). The Mystic Warriors of the Plains. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 
Robinson, E. B. (1995). History of North Dakota. Fargo: North Dakota State University.  


Acute angle, Bands, Buffalo chips, Buffalo pounds, Buffalo runners, Chief, Elders, Hide, Nomadic, Parfleches, Pemmican, Tipi rings, Tipi stones, Travois

Last updated: April 10, 2015