Kelsa Henry Remy ~ FTV School-based Facilitator
onôcîhtôwí-pîsim - Mating Month
Activity Ideas for First Nations 10 Commandments
The following is just a few ideas on how your students can explore the First Nations Ten Commandments. The Commandments are a great way to co-construct Classroom Expectations with your students.
- Talking Circles and Grandfather Tree Teachings
- My Classroom
Below are some pdf documents to help support your teaching. If you would like an editable version, please email me and I will send you the Microsoft Publisher version.
Pole 1 ~ Obedience
Grades K - 4 Obedience Activity Ideas.
- We Learn from the Sun ~ David Bouchard
- Showing Good Manners at School ~ Achilles Gentle
- Showing Good Manners on the Playground ~ Achilles Gentle
- Showing Good Manners on the Bus ~ Achilles Gentle
- Showing Good Manners in the Lunchroom ~ Achilles Gentle
- Franklin is Lost
- Franklin Helps Out
Read alouds and episodes of Franklin can be found on YouTube if they cannot be located in the library or your classroom library.
2. Watch the video, "Who is Wesakechak?" Discuss why he is important in First Nations culture.
We learn by listening to traditional stories; by listening to our parents or guardians, our fellow students and our teachers. We learn by their behaviours and their reminders, so that we know what is right and what is wrong. ~ SICC
Grades 5 - 8 Obedience Activity Ideas
- In which ways do you demonstrate obedience?
- Why is it important to show obedience?
- How could you help others practice obedience?
- How does obedience affect your body and your actions?
- How does obedience affect your thinking and feelings?
- How will practicing obedience improve your relationship with others?
2. Read/watch and discuss the story "A Promise is a Promise" by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak and Robert Munch.
3. Read/watch and discuss the story "Granny's Giant Bannock" by Brenda Wastasecoot.
4. Read and discuss the story Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle.
5. LIsten to Bente Huntley tell the story of "How the Birch Tree Got It's Stripes." Discuss how it relates to the Tipi Teaching Obedience.
6. Watch the video, "Who is Wesakechak?" Discuss why he is important in First Nations culture.
Orange Shirt Day
Below are some books on video that may be useful in your classroom to initiate a dialogue about the importance of remembering families who have been affected by residential schools.