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The Science First Peoples 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide provides educators with resources to support
increased integration of the rich body of First Peoples (unappropriated) knowledge and perspectives
into classrooms and schools in BC.

cover-61496-science-first-peoples-2016It is recognized that the wealth of First Peoples’ science knowledge is held by communities.
The guide can be used in conjunction with locally based resources that are developed by,
or in collaboration with, local communities. It is intended to be a starting place for educators.

The introduction of the resource guide includes information about the following:

  • First Peoples Pedagogy
  • Perspectives of Science
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Interconnectedness
  • Making Connections with Communities
  • Suggestions for Developing Locally-based Resources and Framework Rubric
  • “7 E” Model
  • Suggestions for Increasing Indigenous Student Participation in Sciences
  • Assessment

The resource guide includes 8 engaging multi-grade thematic units:

  • Unit 1 – Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Unit 2 – Plants and Connection to Place
  • Unit 3 – Power from the Land
  • Unit 4 – Bear and Body Systems
  • Unit 5 – Climate Change
  • Unit 6 – Shaking and Flooding
  • Unit 7 – Interconnectedness of the Spheres
  • Unit 8 – Ocean Connections

Each unit contains a brief intro, essential questions, enduring understandings, curriculum connections, cross-curricular links, suggested activities, resources, assessment activities, and suggested additional resources.

Pilot teacher comments regarding this resource:

  • “Powerful way to integrate Aboriginal education into science”
  • “Easy to integrate inquiry and transdisciplinary approaches”
  • “Holistic approach”
  • “Improved own understanding of First Peoples”
  • “Knowledge pieces at beginning were especially helpful”
  • “A lot of valuable information that does not seem to be available elsewhere”
  • “Worldview pieces were clear and concise without being reductive”
  • “Resource led to rich conversations amongst colleagues”
  • “Powerful document”