Here are some teaching resources that have been brought to my attention through my EAE 201 course this fall.
Indigo Art Box is a great website with hand-on lesson plans for visual arts guided by the history of art, and they have a mail-order system for art supplies as well.
MUSOPEN is a great free classical music database with teaching resources for guitar, piano, flute, and more.
Fun-A-Day has some free and fun learning activities for kids.
The following is an assignment from my EAE 201 course, entitled “One Great Thing”.
During my field work, I noticed an issue of “What In The World” at my school. It is a booklet of learning materials and lesson plans for Social Studies from LesPlan, a Canadian company “helping students understand and critically assess current events and issues since 1990”. Here is their website.
Here are some valuable internet resources for understanding Residential Schools and the call for Truth and Reconciliation.
Project of Heart is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Since 2014, the University of Regina Faculty of Education has been the regional facilitator of Project of Heart, an inquiry into residential schools.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation began, in 2010, to develop an education program targeted to Canadian youth aged 11-18. The program was designed to support educators in raising awareness and teaching about the history and legacy of residential schools.
The Witness Blanket “Inspired by a woven blanket, a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings, and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres, and universities from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation”.
Some further reading for in the classroom or at home:
- 10 Books about Residential Schools to read to your kids.
- Classroom Resources from Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada (recommended by Office of the Treaty Commissioner) Excellent First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture teaching resources.
- Teacher Resources, Office of the Treaty Commission (OTC)
- Aboriginal Perspectives (University of Regina website)
- Welcome to the Inuit Cultural Online Resource
- Youtube video: Building bridges with aboriginal communities.