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Primary Grades 1-3


 

Ontario Ministry of Education Resources

EduGAINS

Elementary level resources for Social Studies, History, and Geography

Circle Traditions  - Talking Circles
(Grade 1) Subject Strands: Language Arts

Respect
(Grade 1) Subject Strands: Language Arts

Treaties
(Grade 1) Subject Strands: Language Arts

Responsibility
(Grade 1) Subject Strands: Social Studies, Language Arts

Respecting Mother Earth
Grade 1; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords: Students explore Aboriginal and other community perspectives on respect for the land, and develop a personal connection to protecting the earth.
Recycle, Waste, Respect, Environment, Farming

The Things We Need
Grade 1; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords: Students identify the needs of humans, how these needs are met in different cultures, and who is involved in meeting these needs.
Staple Diet, Shelter, Food, Recreation, Cooking

Naming Ceremony
Grade 2; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords: Students learn about names and naming traditions, and examine how these and other aspects of culture and community are passed on through the generations.
Heritage, Traditions, Celebrations, Families, Cultures

Social Celebrations - Remembrance Day
Grade 2; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords: Students learn about the contributions of Aboriginal people to Canada’s military since 1812.
Remembrance Day, Canada Day, Victoria Day, Aboriginal Solidarity Day, Chinese New Year, World War I, World War II, Korean War

Seasonal Traditions
Grade 2; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords:  Students use a medicine wheel as the framework for learning about seasonal traditions common to their cultures and their community.
Cultures, Generations, Medicine Wheels, Life, Cycles of Nature, Traditions

Seventh-Generation Stewardship
Grade 3; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords:  Students use the Aboriginal concept of seventh-generation stewardship as a framework for exploring their responsibilities for the land, animals, air, and water for future generations.
Urban, Rural, Natural Environment, Water

Feasts of Thanksgiving
Grade 3; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords:  Students explore Aboriginal foods and feast traditions, and make connections between Canadian Thanksgiving and other thanksgiving celebrations.
Early Settlers, Celebrations, Thanksgiving, Origins, Feasts

What Settlers Learned From Aboriginal People - Food Preservation
Grade 3; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords:  Students research how food was preserved and stored by early settlers and Aboriginal people, and share the information in a feature article for a children’s magazine.
Early Settlement, Medicinal Plants, Transportation, Hunters, Gatherers, Food Preservation

What Settlers Learned From Aboriginal People - Technology
Grade 3; Primary
The Ontario Ministry of Education - The Teacher's Toolkit
Description/Keywords:  Students research how food was preserved and stored by early settlers and Aboriginal people, and share the information in a feature article for a children’s magazine.
Tools, Technologies, Inventions, Survival

First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Connections: Scope and Sequence of Expectations

Grades 1-3; Primary  

From the website: "This Scope and Sequence resource document is designed to assist teachers with incorporating First Nations, Metis, and Inuit perspectives into the classroom by highlighting where there are opportunities for students to explore themes, ideas, and topics related to Aboriginal peoples in Canada in every subject area from Kindergarten to Grade 8. This document will be updated regularly to reflect changes related to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit connections in revised curriculum policy documents that have come into effect. 

Miscellaneous

"Morning by the Lake": grade 1 lesson plan sample

Raven's Quest

A series of videos from TVO kids in Canada. Each 7 minute episode highlights the story of a contemporary Indigenous child, showcasing aspects of their daily community life.

Gateway to Aboriginal Heritage: Making Do With What You Have

From the Canadian Museum of Civilization

From the website: "Students learn about the history and cultures of aboriginal peoples by identifying plant and animal materials used to make everyday objects, completing the Match the Object to the Material Activity Sheet, and engaging in a classroom discussion about materials people use to make objects."  Website includes pdf file of lesson plan and activity sheets.  (Level Primary)

Se débrouiller avec ce que l'on a

Du site web: "Les étudiants se renseignent sur l'histoire et la culture des autochtones en identifiant des matériaux végétaux et animaux utilisés pour fabriquer des objets de tous les jours, en complétant la fiche d'activité 'Faites correspondre les objets et les matériaux' et en participant à une discussion en classe sur les matériaux que les gens utilisent pour fabriquer des objets."

Norval Morriseau X-Ray Painting
(Grade 3 to 8) Subject Strands: Art

National Gallery of Canada
ART Lesson plans based on Canadian contemporary Aboriginal art.  (All grades)

Mi'kmaq Creation Story: Mi'kmaq Nation Lesson Plan 
(Grades 1-6) Subject Strands: Language Arts, Drama, Social Studies, Science, Health

The Tipi, The Circle Model, The Powwow: Blackfoot Nation Lesson Plan
(Grades 1-6) Subject Strands: Language, Social Studies

The Tipi, The Circle Model and Governance: Blackfoot Nation Lesson Plan
(Grades 1-6) Subject Strands: Political Science, Law, Architecture

Four Directions Learning Activity:  Cree Nation Lesson Plan
(Grades 1-6) Subject Strands: Language, Social Studies

Four Directions and Medicine Wheel Learning Activity:  Ojibwe Nation Lesson Plan
(Grades 1-6) Additional Subject Strands: Geography, Natural Science, Astronomy

Giving Thanks: Mohawk Nation Lesson Plan
(Grades 1-6) Subject Strand: Social Studies

Food Traditions Interview

In this lesson, students interview an elder or someone from another culture to learn about foods in different times or places. This gives students broader insight for thinking critically about their own food choices.

 
PEP is a tool, similar to the Running Record, that aides teachers to assess their students' reading performance.  
 

Lessons From the Earth: Storytelling, Art & Indigenous Knowledge Teacher Resource Kit - Primary Grades

"Lessons From the Earth is a resource guide for educators that provides a practical application of Indigenous Knowledge into the classroom. The focus of learning is grounded in a traditional Anishinaabe story...Included are sample lessons and video modules that support the traditional teachings embedded within the story." Also ties into First Peoples of Canada, Science, Social Studies, Art, as well as important concepts such as love, respect and balance.

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