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Category: Classroom Practice: Elementary

Reading to Learn: English Literacy

Source: Aboriginal Education, Board of Studies, New South Wales, Australia
Focus: Aboriginal students and teachers

Summary: Perhaps the greatest single challenge in Australia today, for Aboriginal students and their teachers, is literacy in English. Reading and writing in English are the fundamental skills that all students need to succeed in school. The abilities to read independently and to learn from reading across the curriculum are the foundations for engaging in school learning, as writing across the curriculum is the foundation for demonstrating what has been learnt. However numerous state and Commonwealth reports, and teachers’ experience in the classroom, indicate that too many Aboriginal students do not have the reading and writing skills they need for success.

The Board of Studies is committed to assisting teachers with strategies for the learning and teaching of literacy. The Reading toLearn project is a highly successful literacy program being used in Australia.

Portrait Gallery of Ontario: Four Kings and One Queen

Source: Library and Archives Canada
Focus: Grades 4-6

Summary: This resource is particularly well suited to classrooms investigating the traditional culture of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and their historical relationship with European powers in the early 18th century. This activity also supports aspects of the Visual and Language Arts curricula. It explores themes of Canadian history, identity and portraiture through lesson plans that interpret the portrait collection.

It includes easy-to-use activities designed for classrooms across Canada with clear curriculum connections for use in Social Studies, Language Arts and Visual Arts.

Four Directions Teaching

Source: National Indigenous Literacy Association and theDepartment of Canadian Culture
Focus: Students and teachers (Grades 1-12) who want to experience Indigenous knowledge and philosophy.

Summary: Four Directions Teachings celebrates Indigenous oral traditions by honouring the process of listening with intent as each elder or traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation. In honour of the timelessness of Indigenous oral traditions, audio narration is provided throughout the site, complimented by animated visuals.

In addition, the site provides free curriculum packages for Grades 1 to 12 to further explore the knowledge and cultural philosophy that is introduced within each teaching. The curriculum is provided in downloadable PDF and can also be read online through the Teachers’ Resource link.

Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 4 Aboriginal Languages and Cultures: Bibliography of Recommended Picture Books/Novels with Suggested Uses: A Reference for Selecting Learning Resources

Source: Manitoba Education: Citizenship and Youth
Focus: Kindergarten – Grade 4

Summary:An extensive list of referenced student and teacher learning resources related to the clusters and learning experiences in Kindergarten to Grade 4 Aboriginal Languages and Culture. The annotated bibliography describes the suggested uses for each resource listed.

Aboriginal Curriculum Integration Project (ACIP)

Source: South Australia Department of Education
Focus: Kindergarten to Grade 8

Summary: APAC is a project that aims to broaden and deepen students’ and teachers’ understanding of Aboriginal cultures and ways of being. APAC assists all students to be able to look at the world from an Aboriginal viewpoint and understand the different Aboriginal points of view on a range of issues such as reconciliation, social justice and equality.

Shared Learnings: Integrating BC Aboriginal Content K-10

Source: Aboriginal Education Enhancements Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Education, written and designed to include the support and participation of Aboriginal teachers, Elders, and other knowledgeable members of each school or district’s local Aboriginal community(ies).

Focus: A comprehensive Kindergarten to Grade 10 integrated curriculum which focuses on the diversity, depth and integrity of the cultures of British Columbia Aboriginal Peoples.

Summary: Shared Learning is a comprehensive learning resource for teachers organised by grade level and subject area with Aboriginal content appropriate to specific grades or grade clusters and subject areas. Instructional strategies suggest ways of integrating specific Aboriginal content in the classroom. Resources include recommended and locally developed print and video materials. Teaching Tips that can enhance effectiveness of instructional strategies are included as well as information and statistics on Aboriginal Peoples in BC and Canada in the “Did you Know?” section. “Planning Your Program” offers detailed setup and background information to assist planning and implementing the integration of Aboriginal content into any classroom. Aboriginal Peoples of British Columbia provides a brief history, definition of terms applied to BC Aboriginal Peoples and information about their traditional territories and language groups. A comprehensive set of Appendices include Sample Lesson Plans, Information about Aboriginal Peoples and an Annotated List of Resources.

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