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Social Justice Begins With Me
Social Justice Begins With Me is a new literature-based curriculum resource.
Each lesson uses the read-aloud as a way to enter into safe and respectful discussions with
students about equity and social justice. Available in either the CD version or Suitcase version
through shopETFO http://www.etfo.ca/shopetfo/pages/default.aspx
DIVISION
Primary
Untie the Knots of Prejudice
March
One
GRADE
MONTH
THEME
Big Idea / Objective / Character Development Connection
Cultural Awareness; Environment; Respect; Empathy
Suggested Activities and Culminating Tasks
E As you read the book, stop and talk about the various kinds of homes, clothing, means
of transportation, tools, and sacred activities and objects on each page. How are each of
the items related to the places the people live? What do students think the weather is like
there? What do students think their culture is like?
E Have students retell information from the book after you have read it to them. Encourage
them to use illustrations as prompts or to create picture prompts. Students will retell the story
with their reading buddies.
E Create a shared writing experience in which students incorporate new vocabulary (from the
text) and familiar vocabulary in order to complete a class Alphabet Big Book.
E Have students look carefully at the illustrations to find two-and three-dimensional objects.
Ask students to create models and replicas, and display them with a sentence to label/
describe them.
E Use the illustrations and text to look at and talk about changes in weather, climate, clothing,
and times for hunting and gathering.
E The letter X is a stretch in the book. Christmas was introduced by people who came from
Europe, not by Aboriginal people.
Extensions
E Invite elders of students in your class to help create ABC books that have cultural connections
reflective of their families. If possible, have them make dual language or multilingual books.
Invite the elders and students to read the books to the class or other classes.
Community Engagement / Related Resources
Invite reading buddies or family volunteers to go to an Aboriginal museum to look for items
that are in the book and extensions to the book. Which items in the book and the museum are
spiritual in nature, or practice? If picture taking is allowed, you could use the photos in book-
making activities or to create slide shows or other displays.
BOOK TITLE:
The Aboriginal Alphabet
for Children
AUTHOR:
Evelyn Ballantyne
ILLUSTRATORS:
J. Marleen Ross and Noah
Head
PUBLISHER: Pemmican
Publications Inc., 2001
ISBN-13: 978-1894717137
SYNOPSIS
This is a fun and enriching
way to learn the alphabet.
The full-colour illustrations
that accompany each letter
are of traditional artifacts and
cultural notes.
MINISTRY EXPECTATIONS
English Language
Reading
1e4, 1e15, 1e16, 1e29
Writing
1e48
MATERIALS
- Picture book listed above
- Attribute and pattern blocks
- Three-dimensional solids
- Paper
- Crayons/markers
CURRICULUM CONNECTION EXPECTATIONS
Mathematics
1m43, 1m52
Science and Technology
1s20
CURRICULUM INSERT