Incorporating the stories and culture of Indigenous people is important to us. It’s woven throughout our subject areas, but we often look for other places to provide opportunities to bring cultures together. Some years we’ve had several students who share their Cree and Dene cultures with us. Other years we’ve had no one in our classroom with a direct connection to our Indigenous people We want all of our students to feel connected to the history of our country and the people who were here first.
So, in what ways do we bring the Indigenous culture to our school and classroom? Continue Reading
Often we do not have the time to get deep into every outcome in our Program of Studies. One of the best ways to teach children about different cultures is through art.
This is a lesson we’ve done with our students for years.
If you look for them, there are many books out there illustrated by Aboriginal artists of Canada. Their artwork is inspirational and many students connect with the illustrations of these books. They often depict the oral traditional stories of various groups of Aboriginal people and so they become invaluable in teaching students about the belief systems of other people in a creative way. You can easily combine art and social studies!
What happens when you let your students come up with the task? A great activity that students have already bought into because they think it’s their idea!
We were teaching social studies to our fourth and fifth graders and were learning about the way of life for the different Aboriginal groups historically in Canada. Our question to our students was, “How can you show us what you have learned?”
Their responses, “Can we make a project? Can we build a tipi? Can I make a poster?” Continue Reading