Aboriginal Teaching Component

LESSON #1

Older students read the animal descriptions (k-2) or (Gr3-6) and choose their symbolic animal they identify with the most for its qualities/characteristics.  Older students can write an essay or share in class or group reasons for their choice. See below for more ideas.*

 

For younger students not yet reading, teacher can use projector to display animal images (click here). Students can paint or draw a picture of the animal they identify with demonstrating the action or value of the symbol.  ie bravery. Students can also color images of totem animals.

 

LESSON #2

First Nations teaching and discussion.  click here for lesson

LESSON #3

Bead activity – students make their beaded pendant project. For DIY Kits, Click here for instructions For older students, complexity can be incorporated with color theory (ie students incorporate eg analogous colors, cool/warm, etc.

LESSON #4

Homework. Students take their jewelry project home along with animal descriptions and have parents input and discussion with child.

*Alternative Lesson Plans:

  • - What kind of symbolic animal qualities the student values or possesses or aspires to.

       - How these qualities be applied to their life now and in the future.

       - How these qualities can be applied to his/her school studies

       -  or, what can we learn from eg the “hummingbird”?

  • May also use Talking Circle to communicate a time when student demonstrated quality/value in his/her life.

  • Music and drama can be combined as well to tell stories and connect with teachings.

  • Memory game where the characteristics of  symbolic animals are to be corresponded with the particular animal

  • Activity whereby they identify in their peers some of the characteristics/qualities of the  animals