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Sacred Plants Reasearch Project - Indigenous People in Canada | Paper and Digital

Sacred Plants Reasearch Project - Indigenous People in Canada | Paper and Digital

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Focus on research skills with this low-prep project that teaches reading/creating maps, reading photographs and diagrams, notetaking and synthesizing information to research sacred plants of the Indigenous People in Canada used for healing, medicine and in their special ceremonies such as smudging and prayers.

Specific instructions are included to teach each of the skills and you don't need to hunt down any resources because we've already done that!

This low-prep resource includes:

  • a complete teacher lesson plan including possible modifications for differentiation.
  • instructions for how to teach each of the research skills: notetaking, reading/making maps, reading photos & diagrams and synthesizing.
  • maps showing locations the plants grow in Canada.
  • photographs of all the plants.
  • a diagram of the medicine wheel.
  • a reading passage about the four sacred plants: sage, sweetgrass, Red Cedar and tobacco.
  • a variety of student pages and templates with differentiated options.
  • student instructions for each skill and task.
  • student examples in different formats.
  • a digital version of the colour pages to reduce printing costs. You must download the PDF file and use the access link in the file to get your digital copy.
  • an alignment guide for Alberta Outcomes.

Everything you need for students to create a final project is included except for empty legal size file folders (or poster board if you prefer) for the presentation.

This lesson aligns with:

  • Alberta Science Curriculum © 2022 Grade 6 (new outcomes)

This lesson supports:

  • learning about Indigenous cultures in Social Studies.
  • any Canadian Social Studies class.
  • any science class about plants.

Do you teach science in Alberta? We have science units for you!

Want another quick activity to kick off this project? We have a collaborative poster

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