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Aboriginal Lesson Plans/ Activities



GAMES

Traditional Inuit Games (Athropolis - News from the Arctic) 
http://www.athropolis.com/news-upload/master/11-frames.htm

North American Indian & First Nation Games (Elliott Avedon Virtual Museum of Games) 
http://gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/VirtualExhibits/bilboquet/pages/pommawonga.html

The Ojibway Moccasin Game (Seven Generations Education Institute)
http://www.7generations.org/?page_id=672

Native American Games (Mississippi Valley Archeology Centre)
http://www.uwlax.edu/mvac/knowledge/NAGames.htm


LESSONS/ACTIVITIES:

FourDirectionsTeachings.com is a visually stunning audio narrated resource for learning about Indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.
www.FourDirectionsTeachings.com

National Museum of the American Indian: Lessons and activities http://nmai.si.edu/explore/foreducatorsstudents/classroomlessons/

WITS Lesson Plans: http://www.witsprogram.ca/schools/lesson-plans/aboriginal.php

Art Lesson Plans: http://www.gallery.ca/cybermuse/teachers/plans/intro_e.jsp?lessonid=44

First Nation Literature in the classroom: http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/resources/firstnationsliterature/index.html

Grade 1

Language: Circle Traditions- Talking Circle.
Students learn the significance of talking circles for Aboriginal people.
They participate in classroom talking circles focused on curriculum-related
issues or other issues relevant to them.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01lancircle.pdf

Language: Respect-
Students develop an understanding of the Aboriginal belief in the importance
of respecting oneself, others, and all things.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01lanrespect.pdf

Language: Treaties-
Students learn that promises come in different forms and that it is important
to keep promises.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01lantreaties.pdf

Social Studies: Responsibility-
Students learn about how Aboriginal peoples demonstrate responsibility for
themselves, others, and the environment around them. Students make connections
to similar ways in which they demonstrate responsibility.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01socresponsibility.pdf

Social Studies: Respecting Mother Earth-
Students explore Aboriginal and other community perspectives on respect for
the land, and develop a personal connection to protecting the earth.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01socrespect.pdf

Social Studies: The things We Need-
Students identify the needs of humans, how these needs are met in different
cultures, and who is involved in meeting these needs.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr01socthings.pdf

Walking with Miskwaadesi (Turtle)

Can be linked to various curriculum expectations

http://www.torontozoo.com/pdfs/tic/grade1-EXPECTATIONS.pdf

 
Grade 2

Social Studies: The Naming Ceremony, Heritage and citizenship, traditions and celebrations
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr02socnaming.pdf

Social Studies: Social Celebrations, Remembrance Day, Heritage and citizenship, traditions and celebrations
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr02socremembrance.pdf

Social Studies: Seasonal Traditions, Heritage and citizenship, traditions and celebrations
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr02socseasonal.pdf

Walking with Miskwaadesi (Turtle)

Can be linked to various curriculum expectations

http://www.torontozoo.com/pdfs/tic/grade2-EXPECTATIONS.pdf

 
Grade 3

Social Studies: 7th Generation Stewardship, Canada and World Connections, urban and rural communities
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr03socstewardship.pdf

Social Studies: Heritage and Citizenship, early settlements and Upper Canada
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr03socfeasts.pdf

Social Studies: Heritage and Citizenship, early settlements and Upper Canada- Food preservation
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr03socpreservation.pdf

Social Studies: Heritage and Citizenship, early settlements and Upper Canada- Technology
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr03soctechnology.pdf

 
Grade 4

Language: Media literacy, Comparing Media Texts- Who Says?
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr04lanwhosays.pdf

Social Studies: Canada and world connections, Canada's provinces, territories, and regions, Exchanges between communities
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr04socexchanges.pdf

Social Studies: Canada and world connections, Canada's provinces, territories, and regions- Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr04socwalking.pdf

Education, Economy, Security, Culture, Self-Government: Path of Elders web pages http://www.pathoftheelders.com/index.php

 
Grade 5

Language: Reading, Writing, Aboriginal Hereos
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lanheroes.pdf
Wab Kinew's video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ul4KmHlzMc&feature=related

Language: Reading- Creation Stories- Where We All Come From
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lancreation.pdf

Language: Oral Communication, Stereotypes- Learning to Unlearn
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lanstereotypes.pdf

Language: Oral Comminication- Talking Circle
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lancircle.pdf

Language: Reading- Creation Stories- Where We All Come From
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lancreation.pdf

Language: Oral Communication, Stereotypes- Learning to Unlearn
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lanstereotypes.pdf

Language: Oral Comminication- Talking Circle
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr05lancircle.pdf

Path of Elders: http://www.pathoftheelders.com/templates/pote/pdf/Teachers_Guide_2010_Grade5.pdf

 
Grade 6

Social Studies: Achievements of Aboriginal People in Canada
Students research the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal people
in Canada.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr06socachievements.pdf

Social Studies: Current Aboriginal Perspectives
Students invite members of the Aboriginal community into the classroom for
a presentation and/or interview to explore present-day issues facing First
Nation, Métis, and Inuit people.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr06socperspectives.pdf

Social Studies: Different but Similar- Comparing Algonquian and Iroquoian Nations
Students research and compare key social and cultural characteristics of nations within the Algonquian and Iroquoian groups.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr06socdifferences.pdf

Social Studies: Issues Concerning First Nations Today
Students gain an understanding of the treaty-making process and the impact that the treaties made between Aboriginal peoples and the federal government are still having today. They participate in a simulated negotiation of an agreement to share a territory.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr06socissues.pdf

Language: Aboriginal Poetry
Students examine a poem written by an Aboriginal poet and prepare and deliver
an oral presentation of the poem. 
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr07lanpoetry.pdf

Path of Elders: http://www.pathoftheelders.com/templates/pote/pdf/Teachers_Guide_2010_Grade6.pdf

 
Grade 7

Language: Gestures and Movements in Aboriginal Dances
Students interpret gestures and movements used in Aboriginal dances, verify
their interpretations through research, and create a presentation to show
what they have learned.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr07landance.pdf

Language: Viewpoints in Aboriginal and Mainstream Media
Students analyse and compare Aboriginal and mainstream newspapers to determine the differences in their viewpoints.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr07lanviewpoints.pdf

History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Students examine similarities and differences in culture, values, goals,
and interests within and across Aboriginal, French, and English populations
in New France.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr07hstcrosscultural.pdf

History: Exploring Cultural Differences
Students learn about cultural similarities and differences among Aboriginal groups and between the French and Aboriginal people in New France. They also learn about the impact the similarities and differences had on relations among Aboriginal groups
and between Aboriginal groups and the French.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr07hstdifferences.pdf

Path of Elders: http://www.pathoftheelders.com/templates/pote/pdf/Teachers_Guide_2010_Grade7.pdf

 
Grade 8

History: Important Aboriginal Women
Students research an Aboriginal woman from the past to learn about her contribution to the lives of Aboriginal women and children.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08hstwomen.pdf

History: Lives of Métis and First Nation Peoples in Western Canada in the 1890s
Students research and compare how Métis and First Nation peoples lived in western Canada in the last decade of the nineteenth century.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08hstwestern.pdf

History: The Red River Rebellion
Students explore the roles of key individuals and groups in the Red River Rebellion and the impact of the conflict on the development of western Canada.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08hstrebellion.pdf

History: Treaties 1 to 8
Students research Treaties 1 to 8 and develop an understanding of their impact on the past and present lives of First Nation peoples, and consider what future impact they will have.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08hsttreaties.pdf

History: Treaties and Legislation – Transforming Lifestyles Students examine the seven treaties signed by First Nations in western Canada and the federal government between 1871 and 1877 (Treaties 1 to 7) and the Indian Act of 1876 and compare the lives of First Nation peoples in western Canada before and after the treaties were signed and the legislation came into effect.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08hstlegislation.pdf

Media Literacy: Perspectives in Aboriginal Media
Students analyse and compare the perspectives in Aboriginal media texts.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/strategygr08lanperspectives.pdf

Path of Elders: http://www.pathoftheelders.com/templates/pote/pdf/Teachers_Guide_2010_Grade8.pdf

 
Grade 11

 

 
Grade 12

 

 
High School

Aboriginal Literatures in Canada 

 
Truth and Reconcilliation (ReVison Quest, CBC)

Truth and Reconcilliation- Teacher Guide , Student Activities