Grades 4-7 Resources
Learning Intention: I can describe how animals are important in the lives of Aboriginal people.
Atlatls are ancient weapons that preceded the bow and arrow in most parts of the world and are one of humankind’s first mechanical inventions. The word atlatl (pronounced at-latal or atal-atal) comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec, who were still using them when encountered by the Spanish in the 1500s. From World Atlatl Associaton
Find Information on the different kind of Big Houses found on the West Coast, lessons that deal specifically with the Grade 4 Big House Experience, videos about the the K'omoks Big House.
Find 2 lessons and supporting that are delivered to every grade 4 student in the district to help them prepare for their visit to the Big House on the K'omoks First Nation. The lessons are a good for anyone who wants to know more about the K'omoks First Nation community and the Big House traditions of the Kwakwaka'wakw people.
These are links to some of our favourtie Nonfiction Blackline Masters used to help students deepen their comprehension of text...before, during and after reading. Compiled from a variety of sources by Lynn Swift, Gail Martindale and Carol Walters.
Look here for locally developed resources as well as lessons from Strong Nations Publishing and First Nations Education Steering Committee.
Nisga'a Legends of the Nass is a digital collection of stories. The site has videos of stories about the volcanic eruption in the early 1700's, Naxnok and places of supernatural power.
"Offerings / Offrandes is grounded in collaborative authorship. It pays homage to relational aesthetics. It welcomes the presentation and interpretation of practices rooted in different cultures. The installation is land-based. It establishes a connection to specific artists and their communities — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — that inhabit this land."
What does reconciliation mean to you? What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? How will you make reconcilation part of your day to day life? How can we move forward in a postive way to build a new relationship, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and hold each other up?
a variety of lessons, resources, book lesson, including a full inquiry set of lessons
"It's hard to quantify the enormous impact a simple fish has had on the Aboriginal people of British Columbia. But the salmon has been a vital part of First Nations diet, economy and mythology for centuries." (from Aboriginal Tourism BC - Meet a Local Legend)
Resources, videos, picture book suggestions, and locally developed lessons.
Book by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire to highlight the story of Chanie Wenjack, a boy who attempted an escape from Residential School. Lessons for all grades. Please use with discretion at early years and note that the lessons outlined here only refer to one page in the book. We suggest this book to be studied in depth at later grades and with support from teachers.
It is our hope that these lessons will help with classroom communication and can be used in a number of different subject areas. These lessons can focus on the oral language Learning Outcomes, or can be used in conjunction with any other subject areas.
- Did you know SD 71 Aboriginal Education has a tipi that you can bring to your school site?
- To book the tipi contact the Aboriginal Support Worker for your school.
- Information on Tipi's
- resources and videos to help explain who is Aboriginal and what that word means.