Before we enter the world, water comes first. We are made primarily of water and depend on it for survival. It is essential to all life on Earth and therefore we must keep it pure. To contaminate water is to contaminate ourselves.

Sample Cross Curricular Integrated Unit – Grade 6

Fraser River Salmon: What would happen if all the salmon disappeared?

Fraser River salmon are an important local ecological species that impacts our community and province. The direct impact of local salmon affects industry, recreation, First Nations, and ecology. Hopefully students will develop an interest in a local keystone species and its influence on our community, province, and country.

Unit Overview:

Core Competencies are a new approach in British Columbia to Expected Learning Outcomes beyond content to developing the ‘Educated Citizen.’ They focus on Personal and Social, Thinking, and Communication. An integrated unit that interweaves these competencies is a valuable way to use learning.

Each of our activities is flavoured by Literacy Learning using the Curriculum Area for the content direction.

Direct content connections can include:

  • Life Cycles
  • Watersheds
  • Interconnections
  • Body Systems

Aboriginal connections include:

  • History of the river
  • Stories
  • Traditional uses of salmon
  • Traditional uses of river for transportation

Process learning connections can include:

  • Inquiry – Gathering, Analyzing, Summarizing, Predicting, and Presenting.
  • Making meaning – questioning, exploring.

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English Language Arts

Mathematics

Socials

Fine Arts

Core Competency

Personal and Social

Big Idea
Synthesizing the meaning from different texts and ideas helps us create new understandings.

Competency

  • Comprehend and Connect:
    • 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
    • effective paragraphing
    • language varieties
    • sentence structure and grammar
    • conventions

Activity Synopsis
Choose one of the 9 activities to explore the Kokanee land-locked salmon.

Big Idea
Synthesizing the meaning from different texts and ideas helps us create new understandings.

Competency

  • Connecting and Reflecting:

    • Apply cultural perspectives of First Peoples to the concepts of locating, measuring, and numbering

Content

  • Language features, structures, and conventions:

    • Features of oral language
    • Effective paragraphing
    • Language varieties
    • Sentence structure and grammar
    • Conventions

Big Idea
Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.

Competency

  • Sequence objects, images, and events, and recognize the positive and negative aspects of continuities and changes in the past and present
  • Differentiate between intended and unintended consequences of events, decisions, and developments, and speculate about alternative outcomes (cause and consequence)
  • Make ethical judgments about events, decisions, or actions that consider the conditions of a particular time and place, and assess appropriate ways to respond.
    • What are the potential consequences of non-sustainable practices in resource use? (ethical judgment)

Content

  • Resources and economic development in different regions of Canada. Sample activities:
    • Use maps to describe the location of natural resources in Canada in relation to characteristics of physical geography (e.g., fish on the coasts, mineral resources in the Canadian Shield)
    • Identify significant natural resources in BC and Canada, including:
    • fish and marine resources
    • Key questions: What natural resources are most important to the economy of your community? How has technology affected the discovery, extraction, processing, and marketing of selected natural resources?

Big Idea
Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and belonging.

Competency

  • Exploring and creating
    • Explore connections to identity, place, culture, and belonging through creative expression
  • Exploring and creating
    • Examine relationships between the arts and the wider world
  • Communicating and Documenting
    • Express, feelings, ideas, and experiences through the art

Content

  • Symbolism and metaphor to explore ideas and perspective
  • Personal and collective responsibility with creating, experiencing, and performing in a safe learning environment
    • being considerate of sensitive content, facilities, and materials.

Social Responsibility

Competency Profile: Contributing and Caring for the Environment

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.

Sample “I” Statements:

  • With some support, I can be a part of a group.
  • I can participate in classroom and group activities to improve the classroom, school, community, and the natural world.
  • I contribute to group activities that make my classroom, school, community, or natural world a better place.
  • 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.
  • I can analyze complex social and environmental issues from multiple perspectives. I can take thoughtful actions to influence positive, sustainable change.

Competency Profile: Positive, Personal and Cultural Competency

Students understand that their relationships and cultural contexts help to shape who they are. (“Culture” is meant in its broadest sense, including identifiers such as ethnicity, nationality, language, ability, sex/gender, age, geographic region, sexuality, and religion.) Students define themselves in terms of their relationship to others and their relationship to the world (people and place) around them.

Sample “I” Statements:

  • I can describe my family and community.
  • I am able to identify the different groups that I belong to.
  • I understand that my identity is made up of many interconnected aspects (such as life experiences, family history, heritage, and peer groups).
  • I understand that learning is continuous and my concept of self and identity will continue to evolve.

Water Related Resources

 

The following resources are from the ERAC Evaluated and Approved collection accessible at bcerac

We Are a Community

We Are a Community

Grade: PreK - 12
Supplier: Strong Nations
Part of the "From the Mountains to the Sea" series, this beautifully constructed and visually appealing resource incorporates science and social studies content using an Aboriginal worldview and appro...+ River ecosystem seasons habitat eagle salal stories Elders source melt water glaciers spring lakes ponds cedar trees sol nutrients Tree of Life totem poles stream salmon spawning moss First Salmon Ceremony respect determination strength nutrients bear hibernation food preserves forest waterfall ferns fish hatcheries life cycle salmon species Chinook Coho Chum Sockeye Pink estuary longhouse ceremonies ocean tides responsibility Mother Earth community Aboriginal...
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Canyon War: The Untold Story

Canyon War: The Untold Story

Grade: 10 - 12
Supplier: Moving Images Distribution
Covers events of 1858 in BC which led to a little-known war that could have escalated, had it not been for the persuasive diplomacy of Chief Spintlum of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation. 2008 marked the 1...+ ...
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Great Bear Sea, The

Great Bear Sea, The

Grade: 3 - 7
Supplier: Orca Book Publishers
This beautifully illustrated book offers an in-depth look at life in the Great Bear Sea, in the northeast Pacific Ocean, and its relation to the rainforest. The authors explore the interconnection of ...+ Great Bear Rainforest Rainforest Pacific Ocean Great Bear Sea North Pacific indigenous coastal people First Nations marine environments intertidal zone ecosystems ocean systems photosynthesis fish salmon whales sea otters pinnipeds seaweed...
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Wahkohtowin: The Relationship between Cree People and Natural Law

Wahkohtowin: The Relationship between Cree People and Natural Law

Grade: 5 - 12
Supplier: BearPaw Media Productions
This video resource introduces students to some of the cultural beliefs of the Cree people. It shares Cree perspectives and beliefs on Natural Law (similar to Restorative Justice), and helps students...+ ...
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Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko

Grade: 4 -
Supplier: Moving Images Distribution
Based on the children's book Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell, this beautiful story follows a young Aboriginal girl on the last four days before she is taken to residential school. This production is 1...+ ...
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White Wolf

White Wolf

Grade: 4 - 5
A white wolf, considered very powerful by First Nations people, is living with a boy and his Dad. He finds himself wanted by the First Nations as they believe he is their grandfather. The wolf is re...+ ...
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Garry Oak Ecosystems of British Columbia:  An Educator's Guide

Garry Oak Ecosystems of British Columbia: An Educator's Guide

Grade: 4 - 7
Supplier: WildBC
This teacher resource was developed to support educators of students of the elementary level who wish to study the Garry Oak and its ecosystems. The Garry Oak, which grows only in the Georgia Basin r...+ ...
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Goodbye Buffalo Bay

Goodbye Buffalo Bay

Grade: 4 - 11
Supplier: Kidsbooks
This book is a memoir of Loyie's experience in residential school and his re-entry into the world after school. The scenes of violence and abusive language are what the author has actually experienced...+ ...
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We Share the Seasons

We Share the Seasons

Grade: PreK - 12
Supplier: Strong Nations
Part of the "From the Mountains to the Sea" series, this resource highlights science and social studies topics centred on the seasons and First Nations' cultural and community activities that take pla...+ Seasons winter spring summer fall autumn Solstice Equinox lunar cycle lunar calendar Elder Moon Moon of the Frog Salmon Moon Harvest Moon storytelling ceremony cedar stream river estuary frog salmon bird mammal amphibian arachnid insect tree plant Talking Circle Aboriginal...
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Great Musicians from our First Nations

Great Musicians from our First Nations

Grade: 4 - 12
This collection contains biographies of ten First Nations musicians who overcame adversity and became successful. This book can be used as a stand alone reference resource in the classroom or alongsid...+ musician First Nation adversity traditional drumming Michael Bucher Cherokee sacred sites Mary Youngblood Seminole aleut flutist Crystal Shawanda Ojibwa Blackfire Navajo Leela Gilday Dene composer empowerment Four Rivers Drum powwow Jamie Coon Creek Mato Janji Nakota Sioux Shane Yellowbird Cree Gabriel Ayala Pascua Yaqui classical guitar First Nations Series for Young Readers Second Story Press...
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Will's Garden

Will's Garden

Grade: 9 - 10
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Turtle Island Voices: Grade Five

Turtle Island Voices: Grade Five

Grade: 4 - 6
Turtle Island Voices is a levelled book series for grades 1 – 8 celebrating Aboriginal culture, heritage and life. Grades 1-6 consists of ten titles per grade: (three traditional stories, four modern stories, and three informational texts) and a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide. The titles cover a range of levels appropriate for the grade. This series offers all children, Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal, the opportunity to recognize the role and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in the life, culture, and heritage of Canada. It can be used to integrate Aboriginal content and perspectives into multiple classroom lessons. Stories and articles develop concepts of inter-connectedness, respect for life, and the quest for a bette ...
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