USC1.5

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USC5.1 a. Use common and respectful language to talk about self and others (e.g., appearance, abilities, gender, behaviors, culture).

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USC1.5 b. Recognize "self" as an individual who has particular physical and inherited attributes (e.g., height, freckles) and particular experiences that may or may not be similar to those of others (e.g., traditions).

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  • Read All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila Hamanaka (Mulberry Books).  Summary from Amazon.ca- "The simple text describes children's skin tones and hair in terms of natural phenomena ("...the roaring browns of bears"; "...hair that curls like sleeping cats in snoozy cat colors") and then describes love for these children with rich colors and flavors ("...love comes in cinnamon, walnut, and wheat...").
  • Have each children use a mirror to study themselves, and draw a self portrait (if possible use multicultural crayons or markers)."
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USC1.5 c. Identify factors that influence one's sense of self (e.g., gender, culture).

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USC1.5 d. Examine similarities and differences in people (i.e., gender, age, appearance, abilities, culture, language) and understand that differences do not make one person or group superior to another.

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  • Read, My Family by Penny Condon, you can buy it on GoodMinds.com.  This is a story told through the eyes of a young child named Kona.  It tells the story of different family members while they prepare to have the feast.  Everyone has a role.
  • Have students draw a picture of their family, and what everyone's role is, or write about their family.
  • Watch Wapos Bay Video: All Access.  This video explores adaptations the community makes when they have a visitor in a wheelchair.  These videos are available through Rover for all Saskatchewan teachers for freehttp://rover.edonline.sk.ca/videoSearch.htm?all=aboriginal+people&pageNumber=1

 

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USC1.5 e. Begin to understand that every person has value that is not dependent upon her/his appearance, physical characteristics, or behaviours.

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  • Read 'Red Parka Mary by Peter Eyvindson', book is available from McNally Robinson, Pemmican Publications INC.  At the start of the story a little boy is afraid of Red Parka Mary because of her dark eyes, by the end of the story he becomes friends with Red Parka Mary.
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USC1.5 f. Recognize a personal connection to other living things (e.g., gardening - food, love and affection - pets).

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See USC5.1 G for activities.

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USC1.5 g. Examine stories, traditions, and celebrations of others that foster a sense of self and a connection to others and the environment.

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**These activities are used to work with indicators USC1.5 F AND G:

  • Read Lisa and Sam by Darrell W. Pelletier (book available from Gabriel Dumont Institute, www.gdins.org/ecom, www.gdins.org).  It is a story about a girl finding a snake, the snake is unhappy, the girl releases it.
  • Read The Giving Tree by Leah Dorion (book available from Gabriel Dumont Institute, www.gdins.org, www.metismuseum) .  "It emphasizes Métis core values...the connection with the Creator and Mother Earth."  It talks about giving back.
  • Talk to the children about taking from the earth- what would happen if we cut down all the trees?  Picked all the flowers? 
  • Tell the children about how when they take something from the earth they should give back (elders pick sweet grass they might leave behind an offering of tobacco).  Ask the children what they could leave behind when taking from the earth- plant flowers, pick up garbage, etc.
  • Go outside on a nature walk collecting leaves for a leaf rubbing project.  After taking the leaves, give back to the environment by picking up garbage or planting some flowers.
  • If you have the resources teach about the sacredness of tobacco.  Talk to a cultural advisor or an elder about offering tobacco.  Bring children outside and have them offer a pinch of tobacco to the earth.
  • Read 'The Sacred Herbs' to the class, from 'The Sharing Circle: Stories about First Nations Culture, Nimibus Publishing 2003 (available at McNally Robinson).
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USC1.5 h. Explore and represent one's many accomplishments in various authentic activities (e.g., "I can ...").

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  • Choose any book about pow wow dancing (i.e. Powwow's Coming by Linda Boyden, University of New Mexico Press).  Talk about what the dancers can do.  Have each student Make an "I can..."statement and draw a picture to go with it.
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USC1.5 i. Illustrate behaviours (e.g., compliments, acknowledgements, asking for more information) that embrace the uniqueness of others.

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  • Read Powwows Coming by Linda Boyden, published in 2007 by University of New Mexico Press.  The book has beautiful pictures and very little text, it is perfect for grade one students.  It details different activities and events happening at a powwow.  After reading the book brainstorm different compliments to give to the people at the powwow (nice dress, good dancer, etc.).
  • Have a talking circle where everyone says something nice about someone else in the class.
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USC1.5 j. Illustrate thoughts and behaviours that show a healthy connection to the environment.

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  • Read, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson, available from www.Groundwoodbooks.com".  In the story, which is in Cree and English, a young boy goes walking, listening, picking, praying, and eating with his Grandmother.   There is a tea recipe using rosehips to try with students.
  • Plant a bean plant in your classroom or school garden.

 

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