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Intermediate -- Grades 4 to 7



SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grades 4/5
TITLE:Creation of the Penticton Indian Reserve
TOPIC:Creation of the Penticton Indian Reserve
RATIONALE:To examine what historical events determined the size and location of the Penticton Indian Reserve.
AUTHOR:Bonny-Lynn Donovan
NATION REPRESENTED:Okanagan First Nation


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grades 4/5
TITLE:Contemporary Life on the Penticton Indian Reserve
TOPIC:Constructing a historic time-line to compare historical and contemporary life on the Penticton Indian Reserve.
RATIONALE:To make a comparison between life on the Penticton Indian Reserve from 20 years ago to life in the 21st century.
AUTHOR:Bonny-Lynn Donovan
NATION REPRESENTED:Okanagan First Nation


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:How Social and Economic Organizations Satisfy Needs and Wants
TOPIC:Defining needs and wants.
RATIONALE:The student will discover (by examining his/her own wants and needs), that much of what we possess today are material goods, and very little of what we possess are true needs. The student will study the lifestyle of the traditional Secwepemc, and how they met their needs.
AUTHOR:Brian Matthew
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:The Relationship Between Culture and Environment
TOPIC:Cultural Variations
RATIONALE:Students will discover the differences in cultural activities that are directly related to location associated to the land/environment in which a group occupies. By comparing and contrasting the lifestyle of the Secwepemc and people of the Coastal region, the students will discover these differences.
AUTHOR:Brian Matthew
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Two Forms of Shuswap Government
TOPIC:These lessons will focus on the comparison between two forms of First Nation Government. Students will learn to compare and contrast the different forms. Students will identify and construct written preference between the two types of government.
RATIONALE:In defining Government, students will be able to understand their own community. A the same time, students will begin to understand the complex structure of Government and how it shapes the world around them. Students will understand how Government affects an individual both directly and indirectly. Students must then choose one, from a choice of two First Nations examples to compare and/or contrast with the other based on a personal choice. Students will learn to balance their own thoughts and expressions, while the same time learning to weight the pros and cons of decision making.
AUTHOR:Brenda Celesta
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Two forms of Shuswap Government - Traditional and Contemporary
TOPIC:These lessons will focus on the comparison between two forms of First Nation Government. Students will learn to compare and contrast the different forms. Students will identify and construct written preference between the two types of Government.
RATIONALE:In defining Government, students will be able to understand their own community. At the same time, students will begin to understand the complex structure of Government and how it shapes the world around them. Students will understand how Government affects an individual both directly and indirectly. Students must then choose one, from a choice of two First Nations examples to compare and/or contrast with the other based on a personal choice. Students will learn to balance their own thoughts and expressions, while the same time learning to weigh the pros and cons of decision making.
AUTHOR:Brenda Celesta
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Justifying My Position
TOPIC:Speculate what government means to the individual and community and generate a well thought out opinion.
RATIONALE:Through discussion and study, students will understand how Government affects an individual both directly and indirectly. Students must then choose one, from a choice of two First Nations examples to compare and/or contrast with the other based on a personal choice. Students will learn to balance their own thoughts and expressions, while the same time learning to weigh the pros and cons of decision making.
AUTHOR:Brenda Celesta
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Summary of Government
TOPIC:Speculate what government means to the individual and community and generate a well thought out opinion.
RATIONALE:In defining Government, students will be able to understand their own community. At the same time, students will begin to understand the complex structure of Government and how it shapes the world around them. Students will understand how Government affects an individual both directly and indirectly. Students must then choose one, from a choice of two First Nations examples to compare and/or contrast with the other based on a personal choice. Students will learn to balance their own thoughts and expressions, while the same time learning to weigh the pros and cons of decision making.
AUTHOR:Brenda Celesta
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Stereotyping and Discrimination
TOPIC:Stereotyping and discrimination are learned behaviors.
RATIONALE:Stereotyping and discrimination are learned subliminally in life from a very early age. The learned patterns lead to inaccurate portrayals of people and things and do not reflect reality.
AUTHOR:Cammy Coughlin
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Newspapers and Stereotyping
TOPIC:First Nations stereotyping in newspapers.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books and movies. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal students' sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Cammy Coughlin
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Literature and Stereotyping
TOPIC:Recognizing stereotyping in literature.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, and movies. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal students' sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Cammy Coughlin
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:What is a Stereotype?
TOPIC:An examination of positive and negative stereotypes, and the impact they can have on people.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, and have been used as corporate logos. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal student's sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Yvonne Mensies
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Stereotypes about First Nations People
TOPIC:Media stereotypes of First Nations people.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, movies and have been used as corporate logos. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal student's sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Yvonne Mensies
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:First Nations Stereotypes in the Movies
TOPIC:Movie representation of First Nations people.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, movies and have been used as corporate logos. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It is expected that students will evaluate mass media stereotypes of cultural groups or geographic regions. It is hoped that students will unlearn "Indian" stereotypes. It will also contribute to Aboriginal student's sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Yvonne Mensies
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:Indians as Logos
TOPIC:Logos which utilize First Nations representations.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, movies and have been used as corporate logos. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal student's sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Yvonne Mensies
NATION REPRESENTED:


SUBJECT:Social Studies
GRADE:Grade 6
TITLE:First Nations and the Media
TOPIC:Media representation of First Nations people.
RATIONALE:First Nations people are stereotyped by the media, books, movies and have been used as corporate logos. This curriculum will promote an understanding of First Nations among all students. It will also contribute to Aboriginal student's sense of belonging in the public school system.
AUTHOR:Yvonne Mensies
NATION REPRESENTED: