Social Studies Connections

Social Studies:

The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School High School)

  • Includes Exhibits, Learning Resources  and Teacher’s Guide with lesson plans. The teacher’s guide is an interactive .pdf document that includes before, during and after reading strategies with an inquiry focus.  Use the lesson with individual books or use their book clusters which are organized by theme:
  • Book Cluster #1: Who are the Metis?  (Fiddle Dancer, Dancing in My Bones, Call of the Fiddle)
  • Book Cluster #2: Metis Values – Good Medicine (The Giving Tree, Relatives with Roots, The Diamond Willow Walking Stick, Better That Way)
  • Book Cluster #3: Metis Roots (The Story of the Rabbit Dance, Peter Fiddler and the Metis, The Flower Beadwork People, Metis Alphabet Book)
  • Book Cluster #4:  Entertainment Stories (Sasquatch Exterminator, Beaver’s Big Home (DVD), Roogaroo Mickey)
  • Other Themes/Clusters include Metis Dance, Support Resources, Latest Resources

Information Sheet: Aboriginal Veterans (Primary, Intermediate)

Information Sheet: Learn About Aboriginal Names (Primary, Intermediate)

Information Sheet: Life in an Aboriginal Community (Primary, Intermediate)

Information Sheet: My summer on the Pow-wow Trail (Primary, Intermediate)

Historica Canada : Aboriginal Peoples : This is the specific aboriginal section of the online Canadian Encyclopedia. “This version of The Canadian Encyclopedia, released in enhanced digital interactive form in October 2013, represents the latest incarnation of a project with a unique history…. The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing Canadians and others with accurate, updated information about our people and country.” (Intermediate, Middle School, High School) Pre-Contact section in Historic Peoples

Historica Canada : Les Peuples Autochtones : This is the French version of the specific aboriginal section of the online Canadian Encyclopedia. (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Canada’s First Peoples : Provides text and pictures related to FNMI culture and history.  Great for students research.  (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

First Nations Historical Timeline : This is a printable timeline showing the development of the relationship between Europeans and First Nations from 1763 to 2012. (Middle School, High School)

The Quilt of Belonging : “The Quilt of Belonging consists of 263 11-inch fabric squares, 70 representing all Aboriginal groups, 193 featuring all immigrant nationalities in Canada and the Canadian block.”  When you search a First Nations People, you will find the story of the quilt block creation and a description of the culture. (Middle School, High School, ProD)

BC Aboriginal Legends and Symbology : Created for the Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre website, this page describes BC animals and what each represents within BC First Nations people’s culture and traditions, as well as brief versions of some traditional stories.  This page is a place to begin an inquiry about the included animals as symbols and about First Nations traditional stories. (Intermediate, Middle School High School)

Aboriginal Education Strategy : Practical teaching strategies for the elementary classroom :  Lesson plans from the Ontario Ministry of Education.  “Download these professionally developed teaching strategies, designed to help Ontario teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom.”  Provides context for specific competencies and First Nations content. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School)

The Learning Circle : Classroom Activities on First Nations in Canada:  A series of teacher resources developed by the Government of Canada and including topics and educational activities appropriate for each age group:  Ages 4-7 Primary      Ages 8-11 Intermediate      Ages 12-14 Middle    Ages 14-16 Senior. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Cree Cultural Institute-Lessons : Excellent and detailed Social Studies and Language Arts lessons with included lesson plans, worksheets, assessment rubrics (with some lessons), and connected virtual museum artifacts for each lesson.  Cree Myths and Traditional Stories included. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Aboriginal Perspectives: A Teacher’s Toolkit : “A new collection of electronic resources from the [Ontario] Ministry of Education to help elementary and secondary teachers bring Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms.” Teaching Strategies and lesson plans are available on the ministry’s website. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society :   A well organized presentation of indigenous culture and practices. “The purpose of the society is to advance Native American healing and spiritual principles for aboriginal and non-aboriginal people…. To educate the public on the Sweat lodge ceremony and other Native American spiritual practices.” (High School, ProD)

A Journey Into Time Immemorial : A Virtual Museum of the Sto:lo people from SFU Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology. ( Intermediate, Middle School, High School) Pre-Contact

Voices of the Canoe (MOA) : Lesson plans from UBC’s Museum of Antrohopology.  A variety of subjects and themes are covered with an inquiry based approach.  Units include What is Indigenous Knowledge? (All ages) , What is Historical Consciousness? (All ages),  What is Evidence and How Do We Use It? (Gr. 8-10), Cultural Expression of the Canoe (Gr. 12), Colonialism and the Canoe (Gr. 9), Mapping (Gr. 8), Oral Tradition and the Canoe (Gr. 12), Origin Stories and the Canoe (Gr. 8), Resources and the Canoe (Gr. 7), Witnesses to BC History: Evaluating Primary Sources (Gr. 11) : A site that includes an interactive traditional map, a short must read teacher’s guide, exhaustive indigenous territory and language resource links, and a community feedback section. This resource challenges us to think critically about what maps are and how they are determined. (Intermediate, Middle School High School, ProD)