Science - Intermediate
FNESC has released their new Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide for Grades 5 - 9. This tea unit is one of many units that can be found in the resource guide. Students get to learn about the significance of tea. This ties into Traditional Knowledge which is one of the key ideas introduced in the science guide.
- A great comprehensive unit plan on making FN Paddles - grades 4-7
- https://sierraclub.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/Going-Wild-Guidebook.pdf- A collaborative project of the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative, Sierra Club BC, and the Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University
- Resources from the Toronto Zoo that make connections to Indigenous content.
- Download a copy of this file related to Canada's Arctic Marine Life. It provides lots of information about the Inuit and how marine life is an important food source.
- Thank you George Vanier for putting this document together. Authentic Indigenous Resources to support the Science Curriculum K-7
- The Elders Are Watching - Roy Henry Vickers - quicktime movie!
- Download a draft copy of Heidi Wood's unit overview for Roy Henry Vickers books- connecting learning standards (math and science) through story telling.
- Want ideas for developing inquiry boxes? Download a copy of samples for inquiry boxes related to First Peoples Science.
Great Bear Sea Curriculum
- For grades 4-7 - complete lesson plans related to the film
This is a great resource and has just been released. It includes links to segments of a 90 minute video that relate to specific lesson plans. All lessons are explored through in inquiry lens.
Resources Available Through ARC
- Aboriginal Astronomy Kit. Each school was sent a copy of this kit and an update was distributed in January of 2016. The kits were sent to the teacher-librarian at your school.
- Tree of Life Kit is available through ARC. It relates specifically to cedar trees and how cedar was an important resource to Coast Salish people. It includes books, a movie on cedar harvesting, power points and more.
- First Nation Education Steering Committee is revising their teacher resource for science. It should be available for the September 2016 school year.
- 13 Moons of the WSANED (Saanich People). This resource examines the activities that Saanich People did in each season (seasonal rounds) Saanich and Semiahmoo people share the same language. They both speak Sencoten. A related resource are Sto:lo Seasonal rounds cards. Cards ----- Information sheet ----- large cards
- Feasting Toolkit - this link takes you to a short movie that talks about the importance of food fish and harvesting. There are downloadable ebooks available too.
- Forces and Simple Machines - integrating Aboriginal content. This resource is a good start but looking at Aboriginal technology from only a historical perspective is not sufficient. It is important to emphasize that Aboriginal peoples' technologies have changed. The emphasis in this unit could be the innovation that Aboriginal people had prior to contact. Compare their innovations with other existing cultures.
- Salmon dissection - a template for students
- The evolution of Halibut Hooks
- The Halibut Hook revival www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-halibut-hook-revival/
Links Relating to sustainable resources
- Since Time Immemorial - Stewardship <-- NEW
- The Learning Circle
- Protecting our Sacred Water by Jane Goodall Institute: Supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Youth to make Positive Changes in their Communities: A Guide for Educators and Youth Program Facilitators
- My River, My Home (Developed by Fraser River Development Centre) - free pdf
Supporting video: https://vimeo.com/106639607
- Water, The Sacred Relationship - excellent website with numerous videos relating to relationship between Indigenous People and the environment.
- Saltwater News - Kii.ngaay Taang.aay (Haida Nation)
- By the Light of the Candlefish - Margo Pfeiff explores the ancient, and very much alive, relationship between First Nations and fish runs in B.C.
- 3.500 year old Clam Gardens (Global News) discovered - learn the significance of how clam gardens were used - click here
- Sea Urchins and kelp beds - healthier ecosystems (Hakai Magazine) : access video and article click here
- AMAZING videos related to the sacred relationship we have with water. Science teachers, here are some of the titles: sacred relationship, creation story, people of the land, eco despair, ceremony and identity, tea of life, rubber boots ... This is from www.sarcredrelation.ca Amazing sample lesson plan too!
Learning from the sky: Stars, Moon, Sun and Universe
- Nasa and the Navajo Nation partner to understand the Universe - space - click here
Exploring Inuit Culture - lesson plans and downloads - click here