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Free Orange Shirt Day Activity | Paper

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As part of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, we feel it is important to teach our students about the history of Residential Schools in Canada. This activity is a place to start and doesn't require lots of prep. The National Day of Truth and Reconcillation is September 30.

This product is part of our Grade 4 Alberta Social Studies Bundle.

This product is part of our Grade 5 Alberta Social Studies Bundle.

This truth and reconciliation resource includes:

  • an instruction page for teachers with suggestions on where to find resources online for your classroom.
  • a pledge sheet to remember the impact of Residential Schools in Canada.
  • a pledge sheet to promise to teach others about the impact of Residential Schools in Canada.
  • small orange shirt cards with ways to use them in your school.
  • a blank shirt to design.

Ninja Note: These activities were designed to be quick to prep and easy to use, but they should be implemented with books, videos and lessons found online and should be the voices of Indigenous People. We have an entire blog post full of ideas to complement this lesson.

We've chosen Grades 3-6, but these activities could be done with students as young as grade one or as old as middle school. They are simplistic for older grades but would work well with English Language Learners or students reading and writing below their assigned grade level. The point of National Truth and Reconciliation Day is to recognize and acknowledge the impact of Residential Schools, so every age should take part.

❤ Every child matters ❤

If you are looking for more lessons about Indigenous People in Canada:

Ninja Note: This file is a PDF and requires printing for students to use.

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