4th Grade Reading Comprehension

Free printable traditional legends and informational texts from the Native American and Indigenous People cultures. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up

Animal Totems

Connections between humans and animals

Many Native American cultures have a strong belief in the power of nature. Some believe that everyone has an animal spirit or totem. This totem teaches them, guides them, and protects them through life.

Native American animal totems can be the symbol of a tribe, a clan, a family, or a person.

At ceremonies people would often wear the skins or masks of different animals to feel that animal's powers.

Some people believe that you can have many animal totems that come and go during your life. Others think that a person has only one totem - a "zodiac animal" based on their birthdate.

These are the 12 Zodiac Animal Totems. Which one are you?

Dec 22 - Jan 19:  Goose - You like to compete and win.

Jan 20 - Feb 18:  Otter - You are playful and friendly.

Feb 19 - Mar 20:  Wolf - You are loyal and giving.

Mar 21 - Apr 19:  Falcon - You like adventure and are a leader.

Apr 20 - May 20:  Beaver - You get things done and are loyal.

May 21 - Jun 20:  Deer - You are smart and a good communicator.

Jun 21 - Jul 21:  Woodpecker - You are caring and protect others.

Jul 22 - Aug 21:  Salmon - You are confident and full of energy.

Aug 22 - Sep 21:  Bear - You are strong and work hard.

Sep 22 - Oct 22:  Raven - You are brave and full of energy.

Oct 23 - Nov 22:  Snake - You are helpful and spiritual.

Nov 23 - Dec 21:  Owl - You are smart and a good friend.


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What is a totem?
a mask
a symbol of a spiritual connection
a type of house
a symbol of a spiritual connection Why would people wear skins and masks of animals during ceremonies?
to feel the animal's powers
to keep warm
to keep evil spirits away
to feel the animal's powers What is a zodiac animal?
an animal totem based on a person's birthdate
an animal that lives in a zoo
a constellation
an animal totem based on a person's birthdate An animal totem can be the symbol of a tribe or a family.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
True What zodiac animal is associated with being strong and hard-working?
beaver
otter
bear
bear What zodiac animal is associated with being playful and friendly?
bear
otter
snake
otter If your birthday is June 11, what is your zodiac animal?
goose
deer
woodpecker
deer If your birthday is August 3, what is your zodiac animal?
beaver
owl
salmon
salmon

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