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Indigenous People of Canada Shelters and Dwellings

Brain Ninjas
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
Formats Included
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36 pages
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Keep your students engaged in learning about life of the Indigenous People of Canada through this exciting project about shelters and dwellings. Students are hired by a museum to design a new display in this project based learning activity.

Have your students use their creative, critical and historical thinking skills to demonstrate what they have learned about life (specifically shelters) of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Indigenous people of Canada.

This product includes:

  • a complete lesson plan for teachers explaining how to do the project with students
  • modifications for differentiation
  • student planning pages
  • tips for project based learning
  • checklist
  • assessment rubric
  • student examples of the map, shelters and written portions
  • teacher background knowledge
  • student reflection pages

Students have been hired by a museum to create a new exhibition display that will educate museum visitors about the shelter of a specific Indigenous group. They will need to present a map of the location, a visual representation of what the shelter would have looked like and will provide an explanation of the shelter to educate the visitors. This can take the form of a written piece, video or sound recording.

Ninja Note: Students need to have a basic understanding of the basic geographic knowledge of Canada or Alberta (or your specific region) in order to be successful and having an understanding of Indigenous people of Canada or Alberta will help.

This is a very open-ended task, with a clear rubric outlining the content which is expected to be addressed. For about 30 minutes of teaching time up front (not including imparting the basic knowledge upon students), students are kept engaged in their learning for 2 weeks of social studies classes.

Check out the preview to see some examples!

This activity has been tested with three different groups of grade four students and is a HUGE hit. Students have made shelters that included diagrams, posters, Lego®, cardboard and even one made of sticks and mud.

This task aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies for Grade 4 or Grade 5 Social Studies

This task supports:

  • any lesson covering the lives of Indigenous people of Canada.

We have designed this lesson to be easily used in 4/5 combined class, but it can be used with students as young as Grade 3 or up to Grade 6 (or even 7 if it fits with your curriculum).

Details about how to use this activity as a project based learning task are included.

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What our customers have said about this product:

***My sixth graders enjoyed this as an at-home project during our Canada unit. The requirements were flexible enough to address my students' needs. They especially loved the Minecraft option. Looking forward to doing it again. (Thank you FebMommyof2)

***This is the perfect resource. I have a combined 4/5 class and I was able to accommodate my grade 4s (fur trade in Alberta) and my grade 5s (fur trade in Canada). They are really excited to start social class every day. (Thanks Deanna F)

Thank you for your consideration! Happy fur trading from the Brain Ninjas!

***Love that this project idea can be utilized beyond just our grade four curriculum. I'm going to use this in my combined 3/4 class. Thank you for the structure of the task! (Thank you Mary M!)

***A great project that really engages the students and promotes wonderful learning. Thank you! (Thank you Buyer!)

Thank you for your consideration! Happy creating from the Brain Ninjas!

Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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