Treaty Education in Kindergarten

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Today I am sharing a UBD plan, that was co-created with a friend && former colleague of mine, Kayla Schaefer.  At the time she was teaching Kindergarten and I was teaching Grade 1-2 and we developed this plan to be multi-grade and multidisciplinary introduction to an Indigenous worldview and Treaty Education for our young learners.

As we co-taught this unit we noticed our K-2 students were very engaged, learning cooperatively, and able to represent their learning and insights in a variety of ways. Interest from teachers from within our school division led to the modelling of lessons and sharing of this resource.  As a treaty catalyst, and an educator who is passionate about incorporating Indigenous content and contexts into our classrooms I am very excited to share with you our UBD Plan K-2TreatyEdUnit which also includes examples of student learning && instructional resources.  AND here is the link to the OTC Treaty Teacher Wikispace SMARTboard Activities, which includes technological resources relevant to the unit.

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This year, I chose to revisit this unit in my Kindergarten class.  This unit is a great starting point for Treaty Education in primary classrooms, and I was able to use it as a guide then adapt it to more specifically address the Kindergarten Treaty Education outcomes and indicators;; particularly

SIK2: Express personal connectedness to nature and one another (e.g., Circle of Life, seasons, elements, weather, families, and relatives).

HCK3: Explore the connection all people have to the land as expressed through stories, traditions, and ceremonies.

TPPK4: Examine the intent of different kinds of promises.

These are some of the highlights of our learning, shared on my Twitter (@mstinyteacher)– follow me && stay tuned as we continue to learn about PROMISES!

 

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BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLf

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This morning I created my own avatar for this blog using Build Your Wild Self from New York Zoos and Aquarium & the Wildlife Conservation Society.

It is a website where you can create your own character using different human/animal body parts.  Then you can send these creations in an email or print them.

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The website also provides a name and description of the Wild-You you just created, telling facts about the animals parts you selected.

I am thinking that this would be a fun activity to use when learning All About Me to create unique digital self portraits.  Also, when studying animals, there is the opportunity for generating great questions about various adaptations. 

Let me know if you have used this before with your students, or if you have any other ideas for how you might use this in the classroom.

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