Activities

100 Days of Cree

100 days of Cree is essentially that; sharing a Cree word every day. Why we love this is that the Cree language is beautiful and rich in meaning. It is powerful. Using a word of the day infuses Indigenous ways of knowing in everyday life and provides even more vocabulary for students. It allows them to share how they feel and what they experience in various and meaningful ways. Here are some resources for getting started:

Claire Kreuger shared a document with curricular connections to how you can meet outcomes with 100 Days of Cree. The document shares outcomes for grades K through 12. Thanks, Claire!

There is a book called 100 Days of Cree by Neal McLeod that would be essential for this teaching. This link shares the book and where you may purchase, but also the history of this teaching. You may also check out this PDF document, an excerpt from the book, to have a look into the table of contents and some pages of the book to see what it includes.

Indigenous Math Games

Often times educators feel stuck with how to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing in Math. To infuse Treaty Education and Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the classroom, it has to happen regularly and in every class. There are many math activities and games that you can use in your classroom!

The University of Regina created document, Games from the Aboriginal People of North America. It provides multiple math games and how they fit with overarching themes.

Talking Circles

Using a Talking Circle in the classroom allows for all students to participate, to feel respected and to have a voice. It provides a different way to have a discussion in a holistic and comfortable way. The Ministry of Education in Ontario provided an example lesson plan in their Teachers Toolkit for how to use a Talking Circle in the classroom.

For more information about Talking Circles and the history, please click this link.

Here are the curricular outcomes for English Language Arts that support Talking Circles in the classroom.

Kindergarten: 

English Language Arts

CRK.3 Listen, comprehend, and respond to gain meaning in oral texts.
ARK.2 Reflect and talk about new learning.

 

Grade 1:

AR1.1 Identify, with teacher guidance, what good viewers, listeners, readers, representers, speakers, and writers do.

Grade 2: 

AR2.1 Reflect on and assess their viewing, listening, reading, speaking, writing, and other representing experiences and strategies by participating in discussions and relating work to a set of criteria (e.g., “What did I learn?”).

Human Rights Activities- Grades K-2

  • In this link, you will find multiple activity ideas for children of grades k-2 regarding human rights.

The Blanket Exercise:

  • The blanket exercise is an incredible resource to use for young students to show the effects of European Colonization. It can be used and adapted for students of many ages. Please keep in mind that a day of training is required before leading the blanket exercise.

More Activities:

To find more resources on storytelling, seasons, sharing, colours, and games, you can click the following links:

  1.  “The learning Circle- ages 4-7” 
  2.  “The learning Circle- ages 8-11” 

 

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