I've seen a Native American Legends block in second grade as a part of world folktales (Live Ed does this), in third grade to go along with Housebuilding, and in fourth grade as part of Local History & Geography. Generally, I prefer to tie in Native American Legends with Housebuilding, but we are going to do them as a stand-alone Cultural block this year.
My older group will be doing the Middle Ages as their Cultural block in December. Here are the Medieval History / Middle Ages block notes from my website; our text is The World of Walls: The Middle Ages in Western Europe by Polly Schoyer Brooks and Nancy Zinsser Walworth.
Native American Legends
Although it is tempting to do beautiful books which feature Native American characters like The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble or Cloud Eyes by Kathryn Lasky, I wanted actual Legends. Here were my 10 choices:
The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Landed. by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Thomas Locker
"The Seven Mateinnu"
Lenape - Eastern Woodlands
How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be
retold by Beatrice Orcutt Harrell, illustrated by Susan L. Roth
Choctow - Southeast
There is an art project in MaryAnn Kohl's Storybook Art for this story. It is called "Fine Feather Collage," p.85.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola
Comanche - Texas
The Story of Jumping Mouse
retold and illustrated by by John Steptoe
Native American Sign Language
by Madeline Olsen, illustrated by Ben Carter
retold by Nancy van Laan, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Blackfoot - Great Plains of Montana
How the Stars Fell into the Sky
retold by Jerrie Oughton, illustrated by Lisa Desimini
Navajo - Southwest
The Legend of the Lady Slipper
retold by Lise Lunge-Larsen and Margi Preus, illustrated by Andrea Arroyo
Ojibwe - Great Lakes
retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
The Loon's Necklace
retold by William Toye, illustrated by Elizabeth Cleaver
Tsimshian legend - British Columbia, Canada
The Polar Bear Son
retold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich
Inuit - Arctic
Do you have a favorite story I've missed? Please write a comment and share your recommendations! I'll be putting a Native American Legends page on the website soon. I'm also updating my third grade Old Testament Stories, Housebuilding, and Farming & Gardening pages with new notes. AND I've photographed all of last year's MLBs and will be posting them to the blog.