ibook: Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge

Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge Teacher Resource Kit – Primary Grades

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Description

Lessons From the Earth is a resource guide for educators that provides a practical application of Indigenous Knowledge into the classroom. The focus of learning is grounded in a traditional Anishinaabe story, Jiig Nong Aadsookan, The Fisher Story.  Included are sample lessons and video modules that support the traditional teachings embedded within the story. Lessons From the Earth is a provocation for student inquiry into topics such as the environment, First Peoples of Canada, Science, Social Studies, as well as important concepts such as love, respect and balance.

Available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

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Ojibwe Lifeways Article

There is a nice article published in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer which examines Ojibwe lifeways in the northwoods by AIRC Executive Director Anton Treuer. The article is archived for free and has an accompanying teacher’s guide for incorporation into classroom use.

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Teachers Guide for Ojibwe Lifeways This is a PDF file.

Source: Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

An Introduction to Residential School unit K-7

Class of Mi'kmaq (Micmac) girls taken in the Shubenacadie Residential School, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, 1929 Credit: Library and Archives Canada, PA-185530
Class of Mi’kmaq (Micmac) girls taken in the Shubenacadie Residential School, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, 1929
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, PA-185530

Link to An Introduction to Residential School unit

SOURCE:Classroom Resources K-7 – Central Okanagan School District.


YouTube Video Title: Shi-shi-etko
Four days before having to leave her family and home for residential school, Shi-Shi-Etko learns how important it is to hold on to her memories.

Director: Kate Kroll
Author: Nicola I. Campbell
Actors: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Inez Point, Lee Prevost, Rita Pete
Producer: Marilyn Thomas, Monkey Ink Media
Funders: DGC Kickstart, BC Arts Council, Bravo!FACT

Environmental Lesson Plans ~ Gr. 5, 6 & 8 (DragonFly Canada)

Lesson Plans Download

Respect the Water #1

Grade Levels: 5, 8
Subjects: Science & Technology, Geography
Objective:Students will explore Aboriginal perspectives on respecting the environment; how individual and collective behaviour affects the environment; and the role of community engagement in maintaining healthy, sustainable ecosystems.
Materials:
1. “Water/El Agua,” from Talking With Mother Earth/Hablando con Madre Tierra, by Jorge Argueta
2. Online video The Story of Bottled Water
3. “No Running Water,” from Canadian Dimension, March/April 2011

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Respect the Water #2

Grade Levels: 6
Subjects: Science & Technology, Social Studies
Objective:Students will explore Aboriginal perspectives on respecting the environment; cultural ideas about water; how individual and collective behaviour affects the environment; and the relationships between all living things.
Materials:
1. Image of Josephine Mandamin
2. Text about Josephine Mandamin’s walk around the Great Lakes
3. Josephine Mandamin’s walk around the Great Lakes
Video
4. A River Ran Wild, by Lynne Cherry (Voyager Books)
5. “No Running Water,” from Canadian Dimension, March/April 2011

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Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada

Native Leaders of Canada – Gr.4-6 Lesson Plan

Native Leaders of Canada

Native Leaders of Canada General Lesson for the Web Site
by Denis Daigneault Academic Skills Centre, Dawson College

A Teacher’s Guide has been prepared to assist educators in using the contents of this web site and the book entitled Native Leaders of Canada as part of their instruction on the history and culture of the aboriginal peoples of Canada. Your students will learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders through a thematically based exploration of the biographies of Canadian Aboriginal leaders.
Grade Level: 4-6
Content Areas: Native Studies, Social Studies, Media Awareness, English, Language Arts

Summary: The Aboriginal leaders featured in The Native Leaders of Canada reflect the diversity of
Aboriginal cultures of Canada from the Innu, the Mi’kmaq and the Maliseet in the East; the
Huron-Wendat, Mohawk, Abenaki and Ojibway in the South, the Cree, the Blackfoot, and the
Metis in the Centre; the Haida, and Nisga’a in the West; and the Dene and Inuit in the North.
The following activities web-based activities are designed around the “Profiles” section of the
web site and help develop an awareness of the common struggles these leaders faced
throughout the country since the time of Confederation.

PDF Native Leaders of Canada – Lesson Plan.
Native Leaders of Canada – Education Website.

Grade 3-5 Lesson Plans

Grade 3 Lesson Plans
Lesson Link
Grade 3 Soil Integration PDF
Grade 3 Plant Growth and Changes PDF
Grade 3 Prairies and the Land PDF
Grade 3 Cree and Nisga’a Integration Document PDF
Grade 3 Structures and Materials PDF
Grade 4 Lesson Plans
Lesson Link
Grade 4 Métis Origins and Contributions (list of resources) PDF
Grade 4 Identity PDF
Grade 4 Rocks, Minerals and Erosion PDF
Grade 5 Lesson Plans
Lesson Link
Grade 5 Science, Weather PDF
Grade 5 Forces and Simple Machines PDF
Grade 5 Science, Properties and Matter PDF
Grade 5 Poetry PDF

Source: http://www.spiritsd.ca/learningresources/FNMK-5.htm

Rabbit and Bear Paws – stories based on the Seven Fire Prophecies and the Seven Grandfather Teachings

Summary From Website
Rabbit and Bear Paws is for the young and the young at heart. This series is set in 1750’s colonized North America and features the comical adventures of two brothers, Rabbit and Bear Paws. Using Traditional Native Teachings and humour, the stories are based on THE SEVEN FIRES PROPHECIES and THE SEVEN GRANDFATHERS. (read more)

Rabbit and Bear Paws

Rabbit and Bear Paws – Online Shop.

Rabbit and Bear Paws – Sacred Seven Series Complimentary Read Aloud/Writing Lesson Plans (Pre K-Grade 3)

Sacred Seven Series Language Strands Length
COURAGE, BEAR Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts 1- 3 Periods
WISDOM, BEAVER Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts, Science 1- 3 Periods
HONESTY, KITCHE SABE Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts, Social Studies 1- 3 Periods
TRUTH- TURTLE Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts, Science 1- 3 Periods
HUMILITY-MOUSE Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts, Social Studies 1- 3 Periods
RESPECT-BUFFALO Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts, Science 1- 3 Periods
LOVE- EAGLE Reading, Writing, Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking), Arts 1- 3 Periods

Download: Sacred-Seven-Lesson-Plans.doc
Created By Tanya Leary, OCT
Co-Author of Rabbit and Bear Paws: Sacred Seven Series

Aboriginal Bullying Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

Bullying Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

Lesson Plan Goals Time Ages Link
LESSON ONE: The Impact of Bullying, Then & Now For students to draw a parallel between the oppressive nature of residential schools and the oppressive nature of bullying.
For students to understand the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal communities and bullying on their classmates.
For students to empathize with students who are bullied.
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version
LESSON TWO: The Power of the Witness For students to understand the importance of witnesses in bullying.
For students to learn how to stop and prevent bullying in their school.
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version
LESSON THREE: The Power of Words For students to understand the power of words.
For students to understand the impact of negative messages being posted on the Internet
1 hour 10 and up PDF Printable Version

Additional Resources
Bullying Fact Sheet for Teachers
Bullying Fact Sheet for Parents
Bullying Fact Sheet for Youth
Aboriginal Bullying Slideshow
Aboriginal Bullying Video

Source:NAHO Aboriginal Bullying

Bringing Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom (2012)

This teacher resource guide, In Our Own Words: Bringing Authentic First Peoples Content to the K-3 Classroom (2012), has been developed to offer teachers information and guidance about how to incorporate authentic First Peoples materials into their instruction and assessment practices. Inside, you will find lesson plans, curriculum connections, assessment resources and suggested texts.

168 pages (PDF File)

The Early Nicola Valley Unit Plan – Grade 4

The Early Nicola Valley – Grade 4

The areas of study will be on exploring First Nations families of the Nicola
Valley. This will include Okanagan and Nle?kepmx families: Pre-contact as well as the present day families.

OBJECTIVES: at the end of the unit the students will be able to:

• witness and be involved with a traditional Nle?kepmx and Okanagan approach to
teaching; recognize multiple meanings in a story
• “oral history is an extremely popular method for study of the past. Its use of the
actual words and voices of those who lived and witnessed history and its ability to
document people and subjects previously absent from the historical record” (Voices,
Prov. of BC, Provincial Archives).
• recognize different family roles of the Nle?kepmx and Okanagan peoples.
• recognize the distribution of labor amongst the Nle?kepmx and Okanagan people.

G4 TGuide complete.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Booklet #1

Indigenous Games – educational activities

Living Traditions | NAIG Past & Present.

Indigenous Games

Educational activities based on traditional games. Experience Indigenous games and sports! Through these interactive activities, explore the qualities and capabilities that make one a great athlete: skill, teamwork, agility, discipline, stamina, strategy, strength and speed.

Traditional Aboriginal Games

Lacrosse

Eastern Woodland Games

Longball

Wolf or Hunter and Moose (Caribou) Tag Game

Junior (Grades 1-6) Lesson Plans – Four Direction Teachings(.com)

Lesson Plans to help you teach and understand Indigenous Worldviews and Culture

(Source: http://www.fourdirectionteachings.com) About the project: Four Directions Teachings celebrates Indigenous oral traditions by honoring the process of listening with intent as each elder or traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation. read more

view the Four Directions Teacher Resource Kit Guide

note* most links are in PDF format

Nation Lesson Plan Subject Strands Teachings Knowledge Additional Resources
(Grades 1-6)Blackfoot Lesson Plan Language Arts, Music, Dance The Tipi, The Circle Model, The Powwow
  • To identify the circle model as central to Blackfoot ideology
  • To identify the circle as the basis of the Blackfoot tipi and powwow
  • To identify the powwow as a traditional Aboriginal social gathering
Additional Resources
(Grades 1-6)Cree Lesson Plan Language Arts, Social Studies Four Directions, Four Aspects of Self
  • To gain insight as to the perpetual nature of life and death
  • To identify the Cree as an Aboriginal people with traditional beliefs
  • To recognize change as a natural process
Additional Resources
(Grades 1-6)Ojibwe Lesson Plan Geography, Natural Science, Astronomy The Medicine Wheel, Tradition, The Four Directions, The Centre of the Wheel
  • To identify the Ojibwe as an Aboriginal people with traditional teachings
  • To develop awareness of the natural environment
  • To become familiar with the meanings of the terms “Medicine Wheel”, “sacred”, “traditional”,
    “direction”, “respect” and “survival”
Additional Resources
(Grades 1-6)Mohawk Lesson Plan Social Studies Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving Address, Morning Prayer
  • Identify occasions in which social custom calls for giving thanks
  • To describe the benefits of demonstrating gratitude to others
  • To develop some awareness of people and things that make life meaningful
Additional Resources
(Grades 1-6)Mi’kmaq Lesson Plan Language Arts, Dramatic Arts, Visual arts, Healthy Living, Geography, Science Mi’kmaq Creation Story
  • To understand creation from a Mi’kmaq perspective
  • To reflect, deconstruct and evaluate the Mi’kmaq Creation Story
  • To develop some awareness of people and things that make life meaningful
Additional Resources

Additional Resources:

Thank you to all the elders and people involved in bringing these resources to the educational community. -FNER

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