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

Photographs

Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization

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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

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