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Instructional Materials in Aboriginal Studies

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Aboriginal Studies teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction. Please read our disclaimer.

Aboriginal Perspectives and Content
The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation website has 10 instructional units within the following subject areas: elementary social studies; secondary home economics; elementary language arts; elementary physical education; and middle school miscellaneous units. Each extensively written unit consists of a number of lesson plans. Note: to access most units, you have to download them, but doing this requires a plug-in for the unit to be uploaded automatically to your browser. If it won't upload to your screen automatically, you'll get a dialog box informing you of this. Use the "save file" option on this dialog box to save the unit onto your desktop as a file. Then, open that file from your browser (e.g., as a "page" in Netscape).

Aboriginal Science: SchoolNet Classroom Projects
These projects are based in part on some aboriginal science. They are intended to stimulate students' interest in both traditional knowledge and conventional science. Many of the projects are directed at aboriginal classrooms in the hope that students will be encouraged to (1) re-evaluate traditional science and traditional knowledge; and (2) explore the links between traditional science and modem science.

Art For Sale
In this two week web quest teaching unit, intermediate students research the art of the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, and other tribes of the Northwest Coast. Starting points for their web research are provided and a teacher's guide is included.

Breathing New Life into Old Traditions
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students investigate the role of ceremonies and other traditions of Native American cultures by first examining the Inuit culture. They then extend their study to various aboriginal nations examining religion, daily life, ceremonies and the current state of the culture. They use a New York Times article as a starting point for their explorations.

Contemporary Aboriginal Issues (Schoolnet)
This site enables secondary school teachers and students to explore contemporary Canadian aboriginal political and social issues (urban aboriginals, images in literature, self government, the Inuit, aboriginal women, residential schools, administration of justice, the Metis, images in media, health issues, Indian reserves, and land claims). SchoolNet offers students additional research data to complement the background material which is presented with each theme. Student activities are also included.

Cultural Diversity
Intended for students in grades 7-10, the purpose of this 10-20 day teaching unit is to increase student awareness about Cultural Diversity in Canada, including the diversity of Canada's Native People. Activities include role-playing, creative writing, critical reading, analysis of data, and Internet use.

Explorers Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page contains some resources which look at the exploration of the New World from the First Nations' perspective.

First Nations Treaties, Law, and Land Claims Theme Page
This "CLN Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of First Nations Treaties, Law, and Land Claims. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Integrated Resource Package (IRP): BC First Nations Studies 12
This Integrated Resource Package (IRP) provide some of the basic information that teachers will require to implement the BC Ministry of Education First Nations Studies 12 curriculum.

Native Americans
Two teaching units from IBM in which students use Internet resources to learn more about Native Americans. One unit is for grades 3-5 and the other is for grades 5-8. Most of the content is modifiable to fit the Canadian experience. Teacher guides are available.

Project L.I.S.T.E.N.
This site contains lesson plans within eighteen thematic units. All the themes are native American and cover various curriculum objectives.

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