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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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

Grade 1 & 2 Lesson Plans

Grade 1 Lesson Plans
Lesson Link
Grade 1 Resources and Wealth PDF
Grade 1 Objects and Materials PDF
Grade 1 Sci. Daily and Seasonal Changes PDF
Grade 1 Materials and Our Senses PDF
Grade 1 Buffalo Unit PDF
Grade 1 Dynamic Relationships PDF
Grade 1 Healthy Behaviours PDF
Grade 1 Characteristics of Living Things PDF
Grade 2 Lesson Plans
Lesson Link
Grade 2 Air and Water in the Environment PDF
Grade 2 Dynamic Relationships PDF
Grade 2 Resources and Wealth PDF
Grade 2 Tipi Teachings and Franklin Stories PDF
Grade 2 Interactions PDF
Grade 2 Traditional Aboriginal Sports Games PDF
Grade 2 Claire and Her Grandfather PDF
Grade 2 Social – Power and Authority 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

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)

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

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)
48 pages PDF- view lesson plans

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

Photographs

Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization

On the Path to Health! Elementary School Nutrition Education Program

Published by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services, Quebec

On the Path to Health! Elementary School Nutrition Education Program

What is the On the Path to Health! program?

– It is a program that is composed of 28 nutrition workshops – four different workshops
for all seven elementary school levels, from kindergarten up to grade six;
– The workshops include various fun and educational activities: games, food preparation,
creation activities, treasure hunt, rally, sampling activities, etc.;
– The workshops are developed in such a way as to allow for their integration into
the school curriculum. Each workshop lasts approximately 60 minutes, which is the
duration of one class period, in order to be sure that they can easily be held during
class hours.

The objectives of the program are as follows:
• promote traditional foods;
• foster appreciation for nutritious foods;
• develop abilities related to food preparation and making good food choices;
• learn how to recognize and respect the signs of hunger and satiety.

What does the program kit contain?

1) Each kit contains two binders that include 28 nutrition workshops (four workshops
each year from kindergarten until grade 6). In each of these workshops, you will
find:
• informative notes for the facilitator
• activity charts
• a note that is intended for the parents
• delicious recipes that children enjoy
• a follow-up activity chart that is intended for the teacher
• a workshop evaluation form
2) The material required for the activities: quiz game, treasure hunt, food picture bank,
posters, etc.
3) A CD that includes the PowerPoint presentation of the program as well as the nutrition
workshops.

For more information on this program contact:

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
250, place Chef Michel Laveau, Suite 102
Wendake (Quebec)
G0A 4V0

Telephone:418 842-1540
Fax: 418 842-7045

chantal.cleary@cssspnql.com

Berry Resources (Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings) – Grade 1 -7

Aboriginal Resources – Topic: Berries

Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings, Facts and More

Acknowledgements – Berry Resources – PDF.

Curriculum Connections- Berry Resources – PDF.

Chokeberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Cranberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Raspberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Saskatoon Berry (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Strawberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Seventh Generation Science Experiments Booklet

Seventh Generation Science Experiments Booklets
(From: http://www.fnesc.ca/publications/index.php#T)

Seventh Generation Club

To create a club where First Nations youth can envision their future by recognizing their own energy, the culture of their people, and the teamwork needed to succeed by giving them opportunities to make healthy life choices, participate in their community, and to meet the challenges of life.

Each booklet contains 12 – 15 fun science experiments to do at home or in the classroom. Each experiment outlines what you need, what you do and what’s going on.

Booklet 1 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 2 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 3 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 4 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 5 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 6 – Free Online version available here

Booklet 7 – Free Online version available here

Art-based curriculum (K-8)

The lessons in this resource guide exhibit only a few ways art, culture, and Ojibwe ideas can be integrated into K-8 classrooms. The lessons have been written, taught, and critiqued by elementary teachers of many cultures, including American Indians. They offer a starting point for teachers of any community to begin the important work of art and culture integration. Link

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