Totem Poles Informational Article and Activity

Formats Included
  • PDF
21 pages
Share this resource


Students will explore 4 types of totem poles and their meaning in a two page informational article written at grade level. They will also learn about 6 different animals and what they represent in the Haida culture (colour and black and white versions provided). Suggestions for a totem pole activity are also included.

You will get:

♥ Detailed, step-by-step lesson plan

♥ 3 Two page articles (All About Totem Poles, Totem Symbols, Totem Colours)

♥ Make your own totems activity (3 different methods)

The following animals are covered:

♥ Bear

♥ Beaver

♥ Eagle

♥ Fox

♥ Orca

♥ Thunderbird

This resource integrates in inferencing skills and requires very little prep! It perfectly aligns with the *new* British Columbia (BC) grade 3 curriculum, 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.

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).

Manitoba: Grade 5

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

If you're wanting more, you can purchase my Aboriginal Cultures package instead which INCLUDES this lesson!

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Customer Tips:

Leave feedback on this item to earn credit toward future TpT purchases!

I appreciate your feedback! It gives me the information I need to continue creating high-quality products for your classroom!

Be the first to know about my new products and freebies!

Look for the green star near my store name and click it to become a follower.

You will receive customized e-mail updates about my store!

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions about this product at: and connect with me for classroom ideas & resources, freebies, and more product details at any or all of the links below!

Fun in Fourth




- Angela

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up