Canada's Indigenous People (First Nations, Aboriginal) - Inquiry Based Unit

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A complete unit for teaching about Canada's Indigenous people (First Nations, Aboriginal people). More than 100 pages of detailed lesson plans, informational articles, interactive notebook templates, recording sheets and more! Sample inquiry questions are provided to help guide the learning.

What's Included?

♥ Guiding Inquiry Questions

- 6 samples are included

♥ Lesson 1: Introduction to Culture

- Article

- Web activity

- Venn diagram

♥ Lesson 2: What are Basic Needs?

- Web

- Article

- Ticket out the Door

- Cut and paste sorting activity

♥ Lesson 3: Indigenous Place Names in Canada

- Mapping activity with place names and their meanings for provinces and territories, capital cities, and other communities across Canada

- Bonus activity specific to British Columbia

Lesson 4: Indigenous Technology

- Powerpoint lesson

- Student prediction and recording sheet

- Anchor charts

Lesson 5: Indigenous Structures

- 4 Articles (Longhouses, Teepees, Igloos, and Wigwams)

- Jigsaw activity with interactive notebook pieces

Lesson 6: Totem Poles

- 3 articles (types of totem poles, symbols, colours)

- options for making your own class totems with samples and instructions

♥ Lesson 7: Indigenous Storytelling

- Mentor text suggestions

- Lesson plan for students to write their own legends

♥ Lesson 8: Inquiry Research Project

- Research project partner planning sheet

- Options for student recording pages

- Poster blackline master

- 2 Options for assessment

- Student work samples

Lesson 9: Treaties

- Article

- Numbered Treaties anchor chart

- Research project instructions and assessment

♥ Assessment

- Study sheet, test, answer key

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This unit perfectly aligns with the *new* Grade 3 Curriculum in British Columbia (BC), but will work great across Canada:

Alberta: Grade 5

5.2.2 examine, critically, the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:

• What do the stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples tell us about their beliefs regarding the relationship between people and the land? (I, CC, TCC, LPP)

• How are the Aboriginal cultures and ways of life unique in each of the western, northern, central and eastern regions of Canada? (I, CC, TCC)

Saskatchewan: Grade 4

DR4.2 Explain the relationship of First Nations and Métis peoples with the land.

a. Investigate the traditional worldviews of First Nations peoples prior to European contact regarding land as an animate object and sustaining life force.

b. Research traditional lifestyles of First Nations communities and peoples prior to European contact (e.g., hunting, gathering, movement of people to follow food sources).

c. Explore how the traditional worldviews and teachings of First Nations’ Elders regarding land influence the lifestyle of First Nations people today.

Manitoba: Grade 5

5-VH-009 Appreciate the contributions of First Peoples to the development of Canada.

5-VH-011 Appreciate the Aboriginal, French, and British heritage of Canada.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia: Grade 5

5.4.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse societies of First Nations and Inuit in what later became Canada

Northwest Territories and Nunavut: Grade 2

Recognize that First Nations and Inuit people are Canada’s original peoples. (Some modifications may need to be required at this grade level.)

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For a more detailed preview, or if you want a little less? These lessons can be purchased separately:

- Indigenous Tools

- Totem Poles

- Indigenous Structures (Shelters)

- Canada's Numbered Treaties

You may also be interested in Indigenous Culture Informational Articles which complement this unit:

- Blackfoot

- Ktunaxa

- Inuit

- Haida

- Iroquois

- Coast Salish

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