Indigenous (First Nations) Shelters Article and Interactive Notebook Activity

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This resource contains a detailed lesson plan which, through a jigsaw-style activity, teaches students about 4 different shelters used by Indigenous (First Nations, Aboriginal) cultures in Canada:

♥ Igloos

♥ Wigwams

♥ Longhouses

♥ Teepees

You will get:

♥ Detailed, step-by-step lesson plan

♥ 4 Two-page informational articles (one per shelter type)

♥ Interactive notebook templates

This perfectly aligns with the *new* British Columbia (BC) grade 3 curriculum, but would work great anywhere in Canada! It also integrates student collaboration and requires very little prep!

British Columbia: Grade 3 Social Studies

Big Ideas

-Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.

-People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.

-Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions and collective memory.

-Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.

Note: Yukon Territory follows British Columbia’s curriculum as written above.

Alberta – Grade 4 Social Studies

-4.2.1 appreciate how an understanding of Alberta’s history, peoples and stories contributes to their own sense of belonging and identity

-4.2.2 assess, critically, how the cultural and linguistic heritage and diversity of Alberta has evolved over time by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues

Alberta – Grade 5 Social Studies

-5.2.1 appreciate the complexity of identity in the Canadian context

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

Ontario – Grade 5 Social Studies

-describe some of the positive and negative consequences of contact between First Nations and Europeans in New France

-formulate questions to guide investigations into aspects of the interactions among and between First Nations and Europeans in Canada prior to 1713, from the perspectives of the various groups involved

-identify major First Nations in the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence region and Atlantic Canada at the time of contact with Europeans

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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If you're wanting more, you can purchase my Canada's Indigenous Cultures Inquiry Based Unit instead which INCLUDES this lesson!

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- Angela

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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