Ojibwe History Integrated with Math

Math + History = Making Camp

That’s Making Camp in a nutshell, um, equation. If your students are like most people, you’re having a hard time getting them to focus. That’s why we’ve created seven short lessons for you. Each of these only takes a few minutes, teaches Ojibwe (Native American) history , multiplication or division.


The following standards are taught throughout the Making Camp Series, which includes Making Camp Ojibwe (free to play), from which all of the activities in the seven lessons are selected. These activities are also found in Making Camp Bilingual in both Spanish and English. Making Camp Premium includes all the activities in these seven lessons and dozens more.

Math 3OA.A.4 : Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. 

NCSS: The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world. 

Students learn where people and places are located and why they are there. They study the causes, patterns and effects of human settlement and migration, learn of the roles of different kinds of population centers in a society, and investigate the impact of human activities on the environment. 

As the game introduction says…

Let’s get started on Making Camp!

First, download the game for your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play, or you can click this link to play it online on any computer.

Watch the two introductory videos that talk about the Ojibwe migration and how to play the game. This will bring you to the Making Camp choice screen.

Press the round, green button with white squares to return to the choice screen at any time.

Click on the NUMBERS box to get six choices of math challenges.

Matching Multiplication

  • Click on the top left box (with cards) to play a memory game. You match multiplication problems with their answers.

The Multiplication Dog

  • This lesson opens with a paragraph explaining that some tribes used dogs to haul heavy loads, using a type of sled called a travois. The player then has the opportunity to earn a dog and items for their dog by answering multiplication problems.

That’s it. That’s your five minutes of practicing and learning multiplication and social studies.

Still have a few more minutes before the bell rings?

Check out our next five-minute lesson from Making Camp, Trade for a Wigwam

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