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‚Äč‚ÄčBig House Experience Pre-Teaching Lesson 1‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Big House Experience Pre-Teaching Lesson 2‚Äč

‚ÄčIt is our hope that these lessons will help with classroom communication and can be used in a number of different subject areas.  These lessons can focus on the oral language Learning Outcomes, or can be used in conjunction with any other subject areas.
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This lesson was co-presented at the January 23, 2013 CST Meeting. It's intent was to show how an Aboriginal artifact or realia item could be used to weave Aboriginal culture into other subject areas, and how to use the AFL strategies in our lesson plans. 

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Nisga'a Legends of the Nass is a digital collection of stories. The site has videos of stories about the volcanic eruption in the early 1700's, Naxnok and places of supernatural power.

The Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project includes the creation of a series of short animated films that accompany picture books, as well as the development of related activities that introduce math topics and techniques through stories that follow Aboriginal storytelling formats and contain elements of Aboriginal traditions and cultures. The animations and books currently have English and Aboriginal languages versions.

In this lesson, students gain an awareness of the importance of animals to Aboriginal people by reading the picture book, Eagle Boy by Richard Lee Vaughan and participating in a guided imagery activity.‚Äč

The First Peoples Principles of Learning reflects indigeneous ways of learning and contains widely held beliefs necessary for the maintenance of Aboriginal pedagogy. 

November 16th is Louis Riel Day. Celebrate and learn about M√©tis culture and history. 

The following lessons focus on different Celestial Objects, and their connections to Astronomy. Topics include Day and Night, Sun, Moon, Constellations. 


‚ÄčThis lesson/ series of lessons explores the different groupings of Aboriginal people in Canada according to the land they live on. 
‚ÄčNote that there are two files for this lesson as there are two different page sizes. Each page is linked both as a Publisher file, and as a PDF.‚Äč‚Äč

These are some ideas for introducing the local K'omoks First Nation culture to students. They can be done prior to lessons for the Big House Experience, or in conjunction with a number of other lessons focused on West Coast Aboriginal content. 


This lesson plan details the Saanich Year calendar, which focuses it's organization around the 13 moons. There are other stories from different Nations in B.C. which also talk about their Moons.


These two lessons start by examining some Coast Salish artifacts/ realia, and having students do some inquiry surrounding them. The second lesson focuses on comparing these pieces to their modern day equivalents. 

This lesson launches a series of lessons based on the inquiry: Should the Northern Gateway Pipeline be approved?


This Powerpoint describe Aboriginal Education in terms of the services we provide, information about our district Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement and defines the roles of our district teachers and Aboriginal Support Workers (ASW) in schools.

Aboriginal Focused PLO's from K-12

This PDF document lists all the Prescribed Learning Outcomes from Kindergarten to Grade 12 that have Aboriginal content in them. The document will allow you to find the PLO by grade and by subject.

8TH FIRE is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing why we need to fix Canada's 500-year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples ‚ÄĒ a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial.

Click for an Infographic on traditional uses of the bison.

The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) has created a web site on bullying for Aboriginal youth, parents and teachers. 

‚Äč‚ÄčElementary Literature Lesson with the reading strategy connection focus.

These are links to some of our favourtie Nonfiction Blackline Masters used to help students deepen their comprehension of text...before, during and after reading.  Compiled from a variety of sources by Lynn Swift, Gail Martindale and Carol Walters.