Curriculum Connections

We are connected in many different ways. The lines might be invisible, but they are there. Like the fine threads of a spider’s web everything works better when things are woven together.

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Supporting Aboriginal Connections

You will find one example for most grades that highlight possible connections for First Peoples Principles in Learning and Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom.

Making Connections with the Revised Curriculum

These curriculum connections are selections from the bcdc.bcerac.ca site. There are 100+ starting points where you can connect a Big Idea, Curricular Competency and Content to a sample lesson topic and activity utilizing the BC Digital Classroom Collection.

big idea
Stories can be told through pictures and words.

Classics > Stories

Explore stories and how cultures have used them to tell stories (sometimes with a moral or intended learning). Students then share personal stories, or retell stories they have been told.

lesson topic

Exploring Read Aloud Texts and Media Features

curricular competency

Comprehend and connect: Use play and other creative means to discover foundational concepts of print, oral, and visual texts

content

Language features, structures, and conventions: phonemic and phonological awareness

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

The Power of Story

core competency

I statements

big idea
Addition and subtraction with numbers to 10 can be modelled concretely, pictorially, and symbolically to develop computational fluency.

Read > Trek's Travels > Trek Learns About …

Read several "Trek Learns About …, " then go outside to have drawing time. Students will share their drawings, identifying size, colour, number, and shape.

lesson topic

Characteristics in Nature

curricular competency

Describe, create, and interpret relationships through concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations

content

Comparison of 2D shapes and 3D objects

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Engagement with the Land, Nature, and the Outdoors

core competency

I statements

Grade 2

Science
big idea
Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment.

Know It! > Glub Glub Sea Animals

Explore the information on sea animals, discuss, and connect to knowledge of other water animals. Extend to animals in local ecosystems (such as salmon, skeeters, beavers, and frogs) and include family experiences with time on, in, or near water.

lesson topic

Animals Living In or Near Water

curricular competency

Processing and analyzing data and information: Experience and interpret the local environment

content

Aboriginal knowledge of life cycles and water sources, including local watersheds

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Connectedness and Relationship

core competency

I statements

Grade 3

Science
big idea
Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

Living Things > Characteristics of Living Things

Explore the unit together to consider the diversity of life. Extend to biodiversity within the classroom, school yard, community, and beyond. Students choose one activity they can undertake to improve the school or school grounds over the next week.

lesson topic

Ecoystems

curricular competency

Questioning and predicting: Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world

content

Biodiversity in the local environment

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Engagement with the Land, Nature, and the Outdoors

core competency

Social Responsibility

I statements

I can participate in classroom and group activities to improve the classroom, school, community, or natural world.

big idea
Developing healthy relationships helps us feel connected, supported, and valued.

Passport to the Internet > All areas

Explore Web Café, Co-Co's Choco Match, Study Space, MyFace, and Instant Pigeon. These activities allow students to make mistakes in a safe online location. Expand conversations to relationships online, at home, and in the community, including rules and expectations for each kind of relationship.

lesson topic

Healthy Use of Internet

curricular competency

Describe and assess strategies for responding to discrimination, stereotyping, and bullying.

content

Media messaging and body image

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Emphasis on Identity

core competency

Personal Awareness

I statements

I can make choices that benefit my well being and keep me safe in my community, including my online interactions.

Grade 5

Science
big idea
Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.

Earth > Earth Materials and Their Uses

Review the types of resources. Take a nature walk and use new vocabulary in activities. Consider the development of your community and the impact it has on people, communities, provinces, and the country’s natural world and resources.

lesson topic

Natural Resources

curricular competency

Processing and analyzing data and information: Experience and interpret the local environment

content

Aboriginal concept of interconnectedness in the environment
The nature of sustainable practices around BC's living and non-living resources

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning involves recognizing consequences of one's actions.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Awareness of History

core competency

I statements

big idea
Physical literacy and fitness contribute to our success in and enjoyment of physical activity.

Search > Religion

Have students explore three articles on religion. Identify the aspects or categories that each seems to have. Examine personal beliefs and how they impact personal identity. Consider the impact of beliefs from family of origin (even if you don't hold those beliefs personally).

lesson topic

Belief Systems

curricular competency

Assess the significance of people, places, events, and developments at particular times and places (significance)

content

Origins, core beliefs, narratives, practices, and influences of religions, including at least one indigenous to the Americas

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Emphasis on Identity

core competency

I statements

big idea
Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.

Search > Storytelling

Review several articles and ask critical questions of the source, its impact and perspectives. Discuss how language tools such as metaphor or personification are used to tell stories. Compare and contrast local or personal stories to the features and examples of storytelling researched. Students develop a story (based on personal experience) to share orally.

lesson topic

Storytelling

curricular competency

Recognize and appreciate the role of story, narrative, and oral tradition in expressing First Peoples’ perspectives, values, beliefs, and points of view

content

Language features, structures, and conventions: features of oral language

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

The Power of Story

core competency

I statements

big idea
Synthesizing the meaning from different texts and ideas helps us create new understandings.

Topics> Current Events

Search for a current event such as "Water Rights", and review an article from each category of Magazine, News, Biographies, Primary Source, and Books. Develop a summary that highlights a variety of perspectives on the topic.

lesson topic

Pulling Multiple Sources together

curricular competency

Comprehend and connect: Access information and ideas for diverse purposes and from a variety of sources and evaluate their relevance, accuracy, and reliability

content

Strategies and processes: metacognitive strategies

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning ultimately supports well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Community Involvement: Process and Protocols

core competency

I statements

big idea
Contributing to community and caring for the environment.

Search >

Brainstorm/develop topics that have impacted the community over time (residential schools, colonization, agricultural methods, religions). Choose one to use as a lesson on searching techniques. Students choose another from the list to use EBSCOhost (and searching techniques), and seek more information about identified topics. Bring the class together to identify contributions to the community over time, and areas with room for new or expanded contributions.

lesson topic

Caring for the Community

curricular competency

Contributing to community and caring for the environment

content

Students develop awareness and take responsibility for their social, physical, and natural environments by working independently and collaboratively for the benefit of others, communities, and the environment

first peoples' principle in learning

Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.

aboriginal worldviews and perspectives

Experiential Learning

core competency

I statements

I can identify how my actions and the actions of others affect my community and the natural environment and can work to make positive change.