Place-based Science

Johnny Williams:  Cedar Harvesting Video  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Sabrina Register, STAR School (Service to All our Relations), “Early Science and Nature” (Professional Development)

Stewards of the Future Toolkit An Educator’s Guide to Stewardship and Sustainability Learning in BC, by Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.  ” Stewards of the Future provides funding and support for high school teachers and other educators to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest, and engage in stewardship projects in their communities. This guide has been created for teachers, leaders and students to inspire and support them in becoming involved in hands-on, place-based explorations of their communities, and the stewardship issues relevant to them.” (Middle School High School)  (Inquiry-Based Learning, Professional Development Resource)

Aboriginal Access to Engineering : “Discover Engineering – Culturally relevant educational materials for Aboriginal youth and their teachers.”  Bear Paw Trail Game for Elementary Students.  Short biographies of role models in engineering for Middle and Secondary Students. Short descriptions of Aboriginal engineering projects. Inquiry based learning activities.  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Nanabush Builds a Bridge – Structures Grade Three Unit Plan : Strong and Stable Structures from Aboriginal Access to Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queens University. This is an aboriginal focused educational organization supporting indigenous participation in science training. Nanabush Stories and Learning Activities (Primary, Intermediate)

World of Sky Stories Teacher’s Guide : Presents six sky stories from indigenous cultures from around the globe.  Countries represented include Brazil, Australia, Japan, India, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Classical Greece and Baffin Island.  Each story is located on a map. Includes vocabulary, “Create  Living Story” activity and the six stories. (Primary, Intermediate)

David Suzuki – Salmon and the Forest: Suzuki explains the interconnectedness of everything within British Columbia’s temperate rain forest, emphasizing the central importance of salmon.  Here is Vocabulary that shows up in this video that teachers may choose to pre-teach if required. (Middle School. High School)

Bentwood Box Builders (Answer Camp 2001) : Lesson plans and instructions for building a Tlingit Bentwood Box.  Science and math concepts, and cultural knowledge are included.  This is an extensive inquiry based project. (Middle School, High School)

Two Eyed-Seeing As a Way of Knowing : An article from “Green Teacher” magazine briefly explaining this science concept and offering 16 activities for teachers to support student science learning.

Sky Stories : Indigenous Astronomy :  Indigenous sky stories collated by the Canadian Heritage Information Network and integrated as part of virtualmuseum.ca. Includes stories from Australian, Anishinabe, and Blackfoot indigenous cultures. (Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

Aboriginal Canadian Sky Lore of the Big Dipper : April 2008 article from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and written by Frank Demsey. (Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

Starchart : “These are the constellations of the Ojibway, Cree, Blackfoot, and other First Nations of what is now known as Canada.” Links to the starchart as well as traditional stories.  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary)

The Thirteen Moons of the Wsanec (Saanich people) : Lesson plans and information about the seasonal moons from the perspective and traditional practice of the Wsenec.  This webpage is from Race Rocks Ecological Reserve website in association with Pearson College.   (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary, ProD)

Canada Under the Stars : Indigenous sky stories from form North America.  Links on this site also include general astronomy connections.  this webpage is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC),  French language link here (VMC).  (Primary, Intermediate, Middle, Secondary, ProD)

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People : Article by Jim Robbins (April 18, 2018), YaleEnvironment360, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. (Professional Development)

Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide Grades 5-9 : First Nations Education Steering Committee developed this resource to support teachers with integrating Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms.