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K-Grade 3 Resources

​​​​​​​Astronomy

The following lessons focus on different Celestial Objects, and their connections to Astronomy. Topics include Day and Night, Sun, Moon, Constellations. ​

Animals​

Bead Timeline​

Bead timeline story telling created and shared by Suzanne Camp, Courtenay BC​.  This Bead Timeline can be used as a visual representation in many ways,  for example, to explain how long Aboriginal people have lived here, oral storytelling traditions, telling the story of cedar, conservation and environmental impact, community development plus much more.​
 

Beyond 94​​

The resources are more for older studnets but click above for your own  background information. 
 
"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In June 2015, it released a report based on those hearings. From that came 94 Calls to Action – individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC’s Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey.​"​

 

BLM - Nonfiction Strategies (Blackline Masters)

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.​​​
 
 
​​​​"The DWF Legacy Schools program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the history and impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples. Educators will use a Legacy Schools Toolkit and educational support resources to engage students, staff and the school community, and as the catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation.​"
 

Indigenous Literature - Book Lists and Lessons​​


Look here for locally developed resources as well as lessons from Strong Nations Publishing and First Nations Education Steering Committee.​​​

Gr. 3 Redesigned Curriculum Overview​

This document suggests some ways to tackle the grade 3 curriculum with the newly added  Aboriginal content.  Gail Martindale and Lynn Swift met with several grade 3 teachers to help fine tune this document. ​

Identity​

Legend of Queneesh​​​

 

Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling​

The Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project includes the creation of a series of short animated films that accompany picture books, as well as the development of related activities that introduce math topics and techniques through stories that follow Aboriginal storytelling formats and contain elements of Aboriginal traditions and cultures. The animations and books currently have English and Aboriginal languages versions.​

 

National Indigenous Peoples Day​

 
"June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.​​" from National Indigenous Peoples Day website​

 

Orange Shirt Day

"The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on."

 

Plants​​

 

North Island Hospital Art Project​

 
"The CVAG creative team took on the project of conceptualizing, designing and producing artwork for the new North Island Hospital in the Comox Valley. CVAG’s Community Space features a design project for art at the new North Island Hospital in Courtenay. We worked closely with the North Island Hospital Art Project, K’ómoks First Nation, Elder Barb Whyte, other local artists, plus students, parents, and educators from Queneesh Elementary School."​​

 

Reconciliation: A Journey for All Canadians​​​

​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?​ ​​​

 

Remembrance Day​​

 

Residential School - Primary​

 

Salmon​​

​"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)​

​​Seasons​

 Resources, videos, picture book suggestions, ​and locally developed lessons.

Secret Path​

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. ​​

The Six Cedar Trees​

What lessons can we learn from our Pacific Northwest Coast animals? This is the question Eagle explores as he settles in a tall grove of cedar trees nestled in the corner of a school playground. The Six Cedar Trees allows readers to understand the characteristics and habits of six Pacific Northwest Coast animals and how these animals can help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves.
 

​​​Talking Circle Lessons​​

​​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 oral language Learning Outcomes or can be used in conjunction with any other subject areas.​

There are so many ways to incorporate Talking Circles into your lessons!  
 

Tipi​​​ Building​

 
  • 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
 
U'mista Display​​​​​​
 
We are very fortunate to have been lent the sacred, Project of Heart Canoe. It is on loan to us from Surrey school district. Curriculum Support Teachers and Aboriginal Resource Teachers of SD 71 met during the first week of January, 2018 to create a series of lessons in preparation for students and teachers visiting this display. We wanted to get students noticing, thinking and wondering using images and picture books. Many students were able to tap into their background knowledge and make connections to their understanding of residential schools. These lessons have been well received. Even if you don't have access to this exhibit, we hope these lessons are helpful as you lead students toward truth and reconciliation.
 

Who is Aboriginal?​

  • ​resources and videos to help explain who is Aboriginal and what that word means. ​​