Great Lakes Native Culture & Language – - Great Lakes Native Culture & Language – Great Lakes Native Culture & Language

This amazing website focuses on communities and culture around the Great Lakes. There are videos, stories and maps in the following topics:

1 .Language Apprentice – Bringing Back the Ho-Chunk Language

2. Powwow Trail – Keeping the Beat

3. Lake Superior Whitefish – Carrying on a Family Tradition

4. Prayers in a Song – Learning Language Through Hip-Hop

5. Living Language – Menominee Language Revitalization


7 Generations series (Grades 9–12) – Teacher’s Guide

7 Generations* is an epic, four-part graphic novel series that spans three centuries and seven generations. The central character in the series is Edwin. Edwin, an Aboriginal teenager, must learn of his family’s past if he is to have any future. The impact of his journey of discovery, and the revelation that follows, will change his life.

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Language Arts Lesson Plans – Grades 1-12 (Dragonfly Canada)

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Discrimination & Identity

Grade Levels: 7-12
Subjects: Language, English
Objective:Students will gain an understanding of how bias and discrimination affect the lives and identities of Aboriginal peoples, and how experiencing bias and discrimination affects the choices people make later in life.
Materials: April Raintree / In Search of April Raintree


Aboriginal Diversity & Languages

Grade Levels: 1-12
Subjects: Language, Social Studies, Math, Geography, English
Objective:Students will learn about diversity among Aboriginal peoples; diversity of Aboriginal languages; effect of geography on culture; and Aboriginal language survival.
Materials: “Welcome” Poster – Aboriginal Languages


Fishing for Put-Ups

Grade Levels: 1, 2, 4 & 5
Subjects: Language & Social Studies
Objective: Students will learn the difference between “put-ups” and put-downs; how to think positively about self and increase positive self-talk; how thinking positively relates to respecting others.
1. I Like Who I Am, by Tara White (Theytus Books)
2. Construction paper
3. Pipe cleaners
4. Markers/pencil crayons
5. One-hole punch


Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada

Quill to Quill, Inc. – Literacy Products

CANADA’S First Alphabet, in QUILL
An Aboriginal Alphabet: Celebrating The ART of Native Literacy, the connection “ki” kinnection to the Land.

Quill to Quill braids 3 languages into ONE Language, OUR language of the Land, honouring First Nations Languages, aboriginal peoples, across our land including First Nations, French, Metis, Michif, Inuit, Nunavut languages and dialects. Braiding First Nations languages, eg Ojibwe, French and English, into songs and stories, with Nunavut represented by White Bear, soapstone and art stories, from Nunavut, Our Land, our materials are easily translated into other native languages, and/or other international languages.

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Circle of Stories Lesson Plans: Grades 8-12

Circle of Stories Lesson Plans: Grades 8-12

Lesson Plan Subject Description Link
Lesson 1: It’s All Part of the Story Language Arts/Theater Storytelling reflects the rich cultural and religious heritage of the generations before us, and it leads us to understand how our past has influenced our present. Use this plan to help students learn to share their story while learning to appreciate stories from others. Printable Version
Lesson 2: Our Small World Language Arts/Civics Invite students to explore indigenous and Native culture, and promote appreciation for the contributions from these cultures. Use this plan to teach your students about cultural conservation and to bring more understanding about the issues that tribes face today. Printable Version
Lesson 3: Record and Preserve Your Family Stories Language Arts/Technology/Life Science In this activity, students will learn the basics for and importance of recording their own family history. Students will learn about the right questions that will provide insight to their family stories, and will research, collect and share stories that will bring them closer to their heritage while possibly spawning a lifelong interest in genealogy. Printable Version

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Language Arts – Lesson Plans

Language Arts – Lesson Plans

Book List

Book Title Author Genre
I’m In Charge Of Celebrations Byrd Baylor Picture Book (Prose-Poetry)
A Salmon for Simon Betty Waterton Betty Waterton
Baseball Bats for Christmas Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak Picture Book (anecdotal)
Storm Boy Paul Owen Lewis Picture Book (Fiction)
The Star People – A Lakota Story S.D. Nelson Picture Book
A Team Like No Other Georgia Graham Picture Book (Fiction)
Berry Magic Teri Sloat and Betty Huffmon Picture Book
Dragonfly’s Tale Retold by Kristina Rodanas Picture Book (folklore)
Firedancers Jan Bourdeau Waboose Picture Book
Fox on the Ice Tomson Highway Picture Book (Fiction)
Frog Girl Paul Owen Lewis Picture Book (Fiction)
Goose Girl Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan Picture Book
Hide and Sneak Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak Picture Book (Fiction)
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac Picture Book (folktale)
Red Parka Mary Peter Eyvindson Picture Book (fiction)
The Loon’s Necklace Elizabeth Cleaver Picture Book (Tsimshian Legend)
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More Lesson Plans

Title Author Genre PDF link
A Promise is a Promise Robert Munch Picture Book (Fiction) lesson plan
A Team Link No Other Georgia Graham Picture Book (Fiction) lesson plan
Hide and Sneak Michael Kusugak Picture Book (Fiction) lesson plan

Source: Core Learning Resources/
Strong Nations

Learning Activities: Canadian Museum of Civilization

Learning About Aboriginal Culture

Title Grade Level Students will: Lesson Plan
Making Do With What You Have Kindergarten-Grade 4 identifying plant and animal materials used to make everyday objects Lesson Plan
Amazing Objects Grades 2-4 to interpret their artifacts by studying objects from the Canadian Museum
of Civilization’s database
Lesson Plan
Discovering Objects Grade 5-8 interpret museum artifacts, and learn about the history
and cultures of aboriginal peoples in Canada,
Lesson Plan
Design a Display Grade 5-8 select images of objects from the Canadian
Museum of Civilization’s database, and create a display that features similar
objects from different cultures
Lesson Plan
Learning Activities
Amazing Objects Grades 2-4 learn about the history and cultures of aboriginal peoples and learn
to interpret their artifacts by studying objects from the Canadian Museum
of Civilization’s database
Lesson Plan
Virtual Museum Challenge Grades 9-12 make a presentation of artifacts selected for an
imaginary exhibition
Lesson Plan
Write a Label Grades 9-12 learn how to write concise, meaningful label text, by selecting objects Lesson Plan
Database Quiz Grades 9-12 learn about the history and cultures of Canada’s aboriginal peoples
by searching the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Gateway to Aboriginal
Heritage web module, completing the Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage
Database Quiz, and discussing their findings.
Lesson Plan
Treasures of Canada Webquest Grades 9-12 assume the roles of museum curators of their choice, search the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s database, select artifacts for an exhibition targeting high school students, and make a presentation Lesson Plan

Interior Salish of British Columbia in the early years of the 20th century


Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization

Aboriginal Perspectives – Video Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Make cultural connections in your classroom! Videos, power point presentations and activities!

Teaching Ideas Curriculum Connections
Tipi raising with Tim Haywahe K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Tipi raising with Elder Glen Anaquod
K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Cassandra Opikokew Journalist
Arts Education, Career Guidance, Mathematics and Native Studies

Birch bark biting with Rosella Carney
Mathematics and Sciences
Tara Littlechief Nurse Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Kelly Quewezance Social Worker
Mathematics and Social Studies
Dr. Alika Lafontaine Physician Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Source: Aboriginal Perspectives: faculty and students at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

SAY Magazine

SAY Magazine.
The largest national lifestyle magazine for and about about Native people – the largest growing demographic in North America, SAY Magazine, now in our tenth year, has grown to include four regular issues plus annual Best Practice in Economic Development and University College and University Guide for Native Students editions.