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Roger Hanninen (MS-Word format.)

Grade: 6
Lesson 2: First Nations Web Search
Time: 70 minutes

Topic: First Nations resources on the Internet

Rationale: To identify First Nations web sites on the Internet and to use web sites as resources to learn more about First Nations peoples and First Nations issues. Students will be encouraged to use these web sites as resources for future assignments.

Materials and Resources

  • Computers and Internet service
  • Quiz and list of First Nations web sites all of which is available and listed on my web site: members.tripod.com (I have attached a copy of the quiz and a list of web sites to this lesson)

Main Concepts

  • To familiarise students with First Nations web sites

It may help to review the following computer terms (from The Internet for Dummies: Quick Reference 5th Edition, 1999)

All the computers in the world taking to each other.
World Wide Web (WWW)
A hypermedia system that lets you browse through lots of interesting information.
Web page or web site
A document available on the World Wide Web.
A connection that can take you to another document or another part of the same document. On the World Wide Web, links appear as text or pictures that are highlighted. To follow a link, you click the highlighted material.

Intended Learning Outcomes
Social Studies

  • research information using print, non-print, and electronic sources

Language Arts

  • use text and electronic media features, including indices, tables of contents, and keyword searches, to locate specific information or material

Planned Learning Activities

  1. The students will be presented a quiz, in which the answers can be found on the Internet. Students will work in pairs and the teacher will make sure that students who are not familiar with the Internet are paired up with a student who is. The teacher will read the questions on the quiz and refer students to the First Nations Web Search web site: members.tripod.com
  2. The students will be brought to the computer lab and each pair will be assigned to one computer. Their first task is to get on the Internet and get into the above web site.
  3. Once on the site the students will be asked to click on First Nations Web Quiz. The quiz will be identical to the one they were given on paper and they will see links beside the questions. The teacher will instruct the students to click on these links, which will direct them to different web sites. The answers can be found on these sites. The students will write their answers on paper and they may write answers in point form.
  4. There are eight questions on the quiz and the students should be able to find the answers within 30 to 45 minutes. If they are finished early the teacher will direct them to the list of First Nations Links on the web site and will ask them to search for additional information. The teacher will monitor the class and help students having difficulties.
  5. The teacher will go through the answers to the questions with the class and students will be asked to compare their answers with classmates.
  6. The teacher will distribute a short questionnaire to each student with the following questions:
    • Did you learn anything new about First Nations peoples or issues? If so, name one thing.
    • Would you use the First Nations web sites for future assignments on First Nations people and issues?
    • Did you enjoy this assignment? Why or why not?
    • Do you feel comfortable working with computers? Why or why not?
    • How would you improve the First Nations Web Search site?


  • The quizzes and the questionnaires will be collected and reviewed. Anecdotal notes will be made based on what the students have written and on teacher observations during the lesson. There should be reference to learning outcomes in notes.


  • The students will go to the library and look for resources by and about First Nations peoples. These resources may later be presented in list form on the First Nations Web Search web site.

Integrated Opportunities

  • Math Go to Statistics Canada web site and examine statistics on First Nations people.
  • Art Design a logo or artwork that can be used for the First Nations Web Search site.

Resources Used and Supplementary Materials Available

  1. First Peoples on SchoolNet - www.schoolnet.ca
  2. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Kids' Stop) - www.ainc-inac.gc.ca
  3. Museum of Civilization - First Peoples - www.civilisations.ca
  4. Bill's Aboriginal Links - www.bloorstreet.com
  5. Native North American Art Links - www.sicc.sk.ca
  6. Turtle Island Native Network - www.turtleisland.org
  7. Aboriginal Canada Portal - www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca
  8. Native Hockey Players - www.nativehockey.com
  9. Aboriginal Youth Network - www.nativehockey.com
  10. Assembly of First Nations - www.afn.ca
  11. First Nations Information Project - aboriginalcanada.com
  12. B.C. Treaty Negotiations Office - www.gov.bc.ca
  13. B.C. Ministry of Education - Aboriginal Education - www.bced.gov.bc.ca
  14. B.C. Education IRP - Aboriginal Studies - www.bced.gov.bc.ca


First Nations Web Quiz

Can you answer the following questions? You will find this quiz at: members.tripod.com.

Just click on the link that is beside the question to help you find the answer. Be patient - you will have to do a little searching. Write your answers on a separate piece of paper (you may use point form).

  1. What is the Assembly of First Nations? www.afn.ca

  2. Name one First Nations politician in Canada and list some of his/her achievements. www.ainc-inac.gc.ca

  3. Name three First Nations communities in your province. Where are they located? www.aboriginalcanada.com

  4. What is a treaty? www.gov.bc.ca

  5. Name four types of watercraft (boats) developed by the First Peoples of Canada. www.civilisations.ca

  6. Name one First Nations artist in Canada. What area is he/she from? What type of art does he/she do? www.sicc.sk.ca or www.ainc-inac.gc.ca

  7. How many First Nations people are there in Canada (1996 statistics)? How many persons registered under the Indian Act live on a reserve? www.statscan.ca

  8. When is National Aboriginal Day? www.ainc-inac.gc.ca

Summative Criteria

Criteria Ratings Comments
Student has been actively involved and on task throughout the assignment 4 3 2 1  
Student has effectively utilized electronic media to locate specific information 4 3 2 1  
Interesting and relevant information is included in the worksheet entry 4 3 2 1  
Worksheet results were accurate and easy to follow 4 3 2 1  
Group participation and cooperation 4 3 2 1  

4 Powerful
3 Good
2 Basic
1 Beginning