Tipi Teachings

Kelsa Henry Remy ~ Indigenous Perspective Leader QMPS

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Pole 8 ~ Cleanliness

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Grades K - 4 Cleanliness Activity Ideas.

1. The following is a list of picture books that may help to supplement your Cleanliness Tipi Teaching:


  • Taking Care of Mother Earth ~ Leann Flett
  • Kyle's Bath ~ Peter Eyvidson
  • Franklin is Messy
  • Franklin Helps out
  • Do Not Lick This Book ~ Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost
  • Smudging ~ Jennifer Storm
  • Breathe Like a Bear ~ Kyra Willey and Anni Betts
  • Worries Go Away ~ Kes Gray and Lee Wildish
  • I Am Peace ~ Susan Verde
  • I Am Yoga ~ Susan Verde


2. Participate in a Smudging Ceremony. When we smudge it promotes positive energies and spiritual healing.When we burn the sacred medicines it creates smoke. The smoke goes in all directions and it helps take our prayers to the Creator. The smoke can be used as a way to clean the body:

I smudge my head to have good thoughts.

I smudge my hair to have strength and pride.

I smudge my eyes to see the good in others.

I smudge my ears to see good things.

I smudge my mother to speak only good words.

I smudge my body to walk a good life.


3. Practice Mindfulness Exercises.

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I keep my body and mind clean by thinking good thoughts and doing good deeds.

Grades 5 - 8 Cleanliness Activity Ideas

1. Questions to consider for class discussions, sharing circles, or journal entries. Be sure to read the quote from Elder Mary Lee when considering your answers to the following questions:


  • What does it mean to have a clean mind?
  • List the differences of good external and internal health habits.
  • How are external and internal health habits connected?
  • What can you do to promote calmness when you are feeling upset, worried, or angry?
  • What are some strategies you use to help eliminate negative thoughts and actions?
  • How does cleanliness help you to live a healthier lifestyle?


2. The following is a list of books that may help to supplement your Cleanliness Tipi Teaching:


  • Smudging in the Classroom ~ Sandra Samatte
  • The Sharing Circle (The Sacred Herbs and The Medicine Wheel) ~ Theresa Meuse-Dallien
  • This Moment is Your Life ~ Mariam Gates


3. Participate in a Smudging Ceremony. When we smudge it promotes positive energies and spiritual healing.When we burn the sacred medicines it creates smoke. The smoke goes in all directions and it helps take our prayers to the Creator. The smoke can be used as a way to clean the body:

I smudge my head to have good thoughts.

I smudge my hair to have strength and pride.

I smudge my eyes to see the good in others.

I smudge my ears to see good things.

I smudge my mother to speak only good words.

I smudge my body to walk a good life.


3. Practice Mindfulness Exercises.

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Pole 9 ~ Thankfulness

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Grades K - 4 Thankfulness Activity Ideas

1. The following is a list of picture books that may help to supplement your Thankfulness Tipi Teaching:


  • Franklin Celebrates
  • Pete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad ~ James Dean
  • Thank You Baobab Tree ~ Eun-Mi Mi-hwa Joo
  • Give Thank You a Try ~ James Patterson
  • Giving Thanks - DRA 10 Metis Series
  • Thank You - DRA 10 Under One Sun
  • The Wish Wind ~ Peter Eyvindson


2. Watch Kid President list 25 things he is grateful for (video at the bottom of smore). Have students keep a gratitude journal or work as a class and keep a gratitude jar.


3.Watch the music video posted below. Discuss how it relates to thankfulness.

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Thankful by The Juicebox Jukebox | 2020 Gratitude Appreciation Kids Songs Music Thanksgiving

Grades 5 - 8 Thankfulness Activity Ideas

1. Questions to consider for class discussions, sharing circles, or journal entries:


  • What things in your life are you thankful for? Why?
  • In what ways can you show you are thankful?
  • What would the world look like without thanks?
  • Who would you like to thank? How would you like to thank them?


2. The following is a list of books that may help to supplement your Thankfulness Tipi Teaching:


  • The Secret of Giving Thanks ~ Douglas Wood



3. Watch the video, "The Story about Gratitude'. Explain why we are privileged to share with others.


4. Watch Kid President talk about 25 things he is grateful for, challenge yourself to keep a gratitude journal for the 10 days we spend on the Thankfulness teaching.

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Kid President's 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!