Supporting Indigenous Resources for Inclusive Learning in Elementary Classrooms
This Indigenous resource supports primary elementary students using reading strategies: connection, main idea, visualization, and theme PLUS a sensory writing extension.
This unit is developed to support a single read aloud copy and has different activities to support the story.
There are multi-leveled lessons to accommodate differentiated learning levels and templates to use in a bulletin board display.
We are Grateful, written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frane Lessac, captivates readers with sensory descriptions of Cherokee celebrations throughout the year expressed through gratitude.
This story is based on Cherokee experiences and beautifully describes celebrations, big and small. It provides for an opportunity to contact a local Elder or Knowledge Keeper to visit your class to describe and explain local Indigenous seasonal activities, celebrations and language.
This unit supports the following BC Curriculum Language Arts 'Big Ideas':
- Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy
- Stories and other texts connect us to ourselves, our families, and our communities
- Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words
- Everyone has a unique story to share
- Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us
Other Unit Suggestions:
To obtain a copy of this book and others like it, I recommend checking out Strong Nations, an online bookstore supplying indigenous books. Not only do they have an extensive selection, they provide themed book bundles for all age ranges.