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 K'omoks Big House.
Find 2 lessons and supporting material 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 favourite 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.
Downie-Wenjack Legacy Schools
"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."
Look here for information, lesson, resources videos on the Comox Harbour Fish Traps, Aboriginal Fisheries, Salmon
This lesson launches a series of lessons based on the inquiry: Should the Northern Gateway Pipeline be approved?
National Indigenous Peoples Day website
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.
"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."
The following math lessons were inspired and adapted by Lynn Swift and Debbie Nelson from the following: Language Supported Math Lesson
What does reconciliation mean to you? What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? How will you make reconciliation part of your day to day life? How can we move forward in a positive 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
Salish Weave is a large private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive art form, designs and style of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and mostly resides on traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.
Salish Weave has developed a School Program and has donated 3 box sets of prints to several school districts, one of which is SD7. Salish Weave, views the prints of Box Sets I, II and III as its 'working collection’ in education: prints being brought to classrooms and used as teaching resources in all subjects to educate children of all grade levels. Click here for direct link to School Program lessons plans.
"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 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
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.
- resources and videos to help explain who is Aboriginal and what that word means.