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Resources for Early Years Grade 1 – 5.

First Nations Language & Culture

TthaNárɛltth’ɛr Our Dene Hero Worksheets Package and online flipbook.

The goal of the First Nations Languages Program (FNLP) is to revitalize, preserve, and promote First Nations languages and cultures. As such, MFNERC employs facilitators in all of the First Nations languages spoken in Manitoba – Cree, Ojibway, Dakota, Dene and Oji-Cree. The FNLP language facilitators also work directly with schools and First Nations to assist in creating immersion opportunities. Towards this end, language and culture activities, such as First Nations youth language and culture camps, have been developed for school use, as well as other activities at the community level.

Watch and learn with cousin duo Morley and Darrell Moore as they share their experiences and expertise in gill net fishing.

Join local Knowledge Keepers from the community of Pine Creek in the harvesting of medicines such as wihkes, sweetgrass, sage, as well as balsam and poplar bark or “kidney medicine.”

Stanford and his family carry a rich history and knowledge of over 40 plants and medicines. They share about the preliminary and preparatory stages, protocols associated with the medicines, the seasons, as well as the uses of the medicines in an extensive network of sharing and trading.

The MALS Annotated Bibliography provides a variety of teacher and student resources that language teachers can utilize for their language programs. This resource includes a listing of these resources in each of the First Nation languages and identifies where each one can be located. The website links are also included at the end of each section.

Get ready to have fun and learn at the same time! Explore the many different homes and cultures of Turtle Island’s nations, past and present, throughout Indigenous Dwellings of Canada. Each beautiful, black-line illustration includes carefully researched commentaries by Katherine and Leo Pettipas. Not only do they tell fun stories, but offer informative glimpses into Canadian history. This educational colouring book is full of images and tales that will delight students and artists of all ages. Illustrated by Don Monkman.

“Brain Tanning” overviews an event hosted in Peguis First Nation by Mike Sutherland. Mike hosted a cultural camp where participants had the opportunity to brain tan hides. They learned the steps needed to create leather from moose and deer hides with traditional tools and traditional practices. Other activities included in the video are the preparation of the wild game, canning meat, and smoking fish.

“The Land is our Classroom: Harvesting Moose with Kookum” explores land based knowledge by drawing from traditional Anishinaabe practices at a family level. Join Elder Gladys Mercredi, her brother Fred Nabess, and her son Randy Mercredi of Cormorant Manitoba during their 42nd annual moose hunt!

First Nations Language and Culture – Marsha Blacksmith – Cree Language video/power point language learning: Spring Words’ – ‘Ē sīkwāk Ayamiwina.’
Target Audience: All ages from 4 years old and up.

common questions we ask one another in our daily conversations, such as “Are you done?” or “who are you with?,” etc.

These flashcards are to accompany Charity’s Basic Commands pt.2 – CREE video that has been uploaded to social media.

Resources for Ininimowin (Cree)

All Video Resources

Cree Videos with Resources and Worksheets

Spring Birds in Cree

Charity Cooper, MFNERC Cree Language and Culture facilitator, shares the names of springtime birds in Cree. The following video features some of these birds and their pronunciations in the Roman orthography; you will also learn to recognize the singular and plural forms for each word.

Spring Goose Hunting

During spring, we hunt geese, ducks, mallards that fly from the south. This PowerPoint presentation with audio, has a few words that relate to goose hunting. Also provided is a Cree Syllabics Chart with Standard Roman Orthography; along with a worksheet that students can work on.

Basic Commands in the Home

Daily commands are important at home. Cree Language and Culture Facilitator, Charity Cooper articulates in Cree language and English of the basic commands that we all do within our homes; in our workplaces, as well as in our daily conversations. Charity strongly encourages you to listen carefully and reiterate the Roman Orthography word. This video also provides ideas for you to extend to your own community’s pronunciations. Images on PowerPoint from Google images.

Bathroom Rules in Cree

This presentation consists of 9 ways to teach and learn the Cree language when you are commanding on the important ways to keep clean around the washroom.It has photos taken by Marsha Blacksmith. Each page comes with a picture and blank lines that any age group can read and write. It is written in 2nd person point of view which will help expand your Cree language speaking, communicating and comprehending skills. It comes with printable flashcards you and your family can hang up in your washroom or around the house to practice and memorize the commands.

Weather and Temperature Terms in Cree

This PowerPoint and worksheets for weather and Temperature (Cree).

Resources for Dene

Agnes Carlson, MFNERC First Nations Language & Culture Facilitator (Dene)/Curriculum Developer, presents on Foods We Eat Every Day. This PowerPoint presentation is Part 1 of 3. Agnes has selected ten foods, including a beverage, from the Canada Food Guide. It is important to learn about the foods that we eat every day.

This blackline master is to accompany Agnes’ video submission on Spring Weather.

This video is for students and parents, as well as people who want to learn the Months in Dene.

Today’s topic is on a sample greeting. In the Dene teachings, edlanet’e is always the first word we hear when we greet someone. In a formal greeting, we would shake hands.

For this presentation, Agnes Carlson will briefly say a greeting and to share with you, where I am from and who my parents are, and my grandparents, from my father’s side of the family.

Grade levels are for Grades 3 to high school. Students will listen and practice saying an introductory greeting at home and at school. If they need help, they can work with their parents and their grandparents. Masį.

Resources for Anishinaabemowin(Ojibwe)

Fish Fry – Ojibwe

A 5 step Powerpoint presentation on frying fish outdoors. It’s in the Ojibwe language with vocabulary and short phrases.

Animals Seen in the Spring – Ojibwe

What do you see in the Spring – Ojibwe

A PowerPoint presentation providing spring weather images and Ojibwe translations with audio, with the focus on, “What do you see in the spring?”

Resources for Anisininemowin (Ojibwe-Cree)

This Cree Language resource is created with a practice printing commands book.  It will help to build the Cree language easily through reading and writing in the language and most importantly the visual photos help build language more easy to memorize and comprehend.  It is written in 2nd person (if there is any ‘you’ or ‘yours’ then its second person).

General Links For Home Learning

The collection of resources on this site can support your child’s well-being and learning growth, and encourage meaningful family-centred learning. New early childhood, Kindergarten to Grade 12, and adult learning supports will be added and updated regularly.

A resource with ideas for sensory play activities you can do at home with ingredients you may already have.

From Dr. Stuart Shanker: “TMC is laying the foundation for a paradigm revolution built around the science of self-regulation. Every aspect of how we look at children will be transformed, as we shift from trying to manage or suppress, to understanding and ameliorating their problems in behavior, mood and thinking. We envisage a future in which every sector that engages with children and youth, and their families, are joined together in this way of thinking.” *MFNSS generated resource.

This link will take you to an article by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: The Early Years. *MFNSS generated resource.

This link will direct you to a resource by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: A Parent’s Guide. *MFNSS generated resource.

This link will take you to an article by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: The Impact of Trauma. *MFNSS generated resource.

This link will take you to a resource by Dr. Stuart Shanker, which features an article titled The Self-Reg View on: Expanding Our Understanding of the Meaning of Safe. *MFNSS generated resource.

For Educators

The Manitoba Professional Learning Environment (Maple) is hosted by Manitoba Education and provides a private and secure space for Manitoba educators to access content and to communicate and share ideas. Maple’s mandate is to help teachers find and organize materials to support instruction.
The site contains the Science Wiki and the Indigenous Education Wiki. The Wiki contains, Group of teachers, Resource and reference materials and Forums a teacher could connect.

Old School Offline Activities to keep your students’ minds in shape and occupied until they can return to school. *MFNSS generated resource.

Seesaw creates a powerful learning loop that brings together students, teachers and families to deepen student learning. There are many activities to support repeated home learning routines in all subject areas. It is free. *MFNSS generated resource.

Literacy & Numeracy Links

Open access to eText of trusted Pearson textbooks on Texidium (Kivuto).

Help children see math in everyday activities and create their own positive math stories. Mathology Little Books support children learn the essential skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to communicate mathematically. New books will be added every week. Access this online tool containing rich math activities until the end of June 2020*.

NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.
NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education – completely free and available to all.
NRICH aims to:
· Enrich and enhance the experience of the mathematics curriculum for all learners
· Develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills
· Offer challenging, inspiring and engaging activities
· Show rich mathematics in meaningful contexts
· Work in partnership with teachers, schools and other educational settings to share expertise

Mathletics is offering use of their product for free until the end of June

K-12 Resource links for Learning Math at Home.

Literacy activities for children. Talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child are great ways to set up a good literacy foundation.

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun. These activities for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers include what you need and what to do for each one.

Parents can get their children excited about learning with the education online literacy collection of teacher-designed educational games. With activities suited for preschool through 5th grade, your children will build foundational skills in everything from counting to reading comprehension, fractions to basic coding, and much more.

This collection of third-grade games will help your students reinforce what they’ve learned and dive into new lessons with excitement to play just one more round!

Follow the links to the appropriate grade levels to find novels, games and activities.

Sign up for the initiative and have the teaching tips delivered to you by email. Recipients of the free newsletter will receive a literacy activity tip on Mondays, wellness tip on Wednesdays and a numeracy tip on Fridays The strategies are available across Manitoba, including in paper copies for those who do not have access to the internet.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the world’s largest mathematics education organization with affiliates throughout the United States and Canada supporting teachers, students, and parents from kindergarten to grade 12. During COVID-19, NCTM is providing free resources for teaching math online including trail memberships, illumination interactives, webinars, lessons, professional development, and parent and family support through math challenges.

JUMP Math is primarily intended to be used by teachers in the classroom for kindergarten to grade 8. The resources are aligned to the Manitoba math curricula. It is providing free teacher essential packs and free webinars during COVID-19.

CEMC at Home has been developed to support teachers, students and parents during these challenging times. Most weekdays, CEMC will post something for each of four grade levels: Grade 4 to 6, Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10 and Grade 11/12. The goal is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing social distancing. The resources will include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

The Problem of the Week is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to solve mathematical problems. Each week, problems from various areas of mathematics will be posted here and e-mailed to teachers for use with their students from grades 4 and up.

Physical Education and Health Links

Menu workouts, programs, challenges, fitness, etc.

Lesson plan, unit plans, individual lesson plans for 3-12 year olds.

Resources, Professional development, skills and fitness challenges.

Looking for downloadable activities to do with your kids or send home with school packages? HeartSmart Kids at Home helps support heart, brain and mental health? New activities around food, activity, stress and more are added every few weeks! #HSKatHomeDownload HeartSmart Kids at home resources now!

PHE Home Learning Centre provides access to practical and fun physical and health education activities.

Opportunities for professional development in the areas of physical and health education and healthy school communities is critical to the advancement of our profession.

Links provided by MFNERC Physical Education staff.

Free At-Home PE Activities & Resources
Celebrate National Physical Education & Sport Week with health. moves. minds. @ home! Check out the family field day packet, activity calendars, and more free resources for staying active and healthy at home as you celebrate National PE and Sport Week.

During the month of May, move every day by participating in the activities listed on our new calendar, specially designed for kids, families and students. For teachers, use our turnkey calendar to help your students get active easily virtually (see below for some tips on integrating the calendar into your daily lessons).

The Be Fit For Life Network is a provincial initiative comprised of 9 regional centres, located in Colleges and Universities across Alberta. The Network works together, alongside many partners to inspire, educate and support Albertans to lead healthy, physically active lifestyles. Be Fit For Life Coordinators are experts in physical activity, working across sectors in their unique communities, setting the stage for collaboration and alignment of services to support the development of physical literacy.

Human Development and Sexual Health Peer-Sharing Webinar Blog – Connections to social-emotional learning skills, ideas for how to create emotionally and physically safe environments and supportive approaches used to communicate the learning in Human Development and Sexual Health with families were shared and built upon.
Access resources – Join us @OpheaCanada each Friday from now through June at 3pm for a live Twitter Chat! We will ask and answer questions on each week’s #OpheaOpheaClass lesson, game, or activity and provide a forum for sharing and learning how you and others have adapted these lessons for your learners in your online program.

This dropbox link has various folders for physical education teachers and other school staff looking after the physical education and health program in our First Nation schools. Resources: Ball Skills Throwing Catching Activities, Fitness Assessments, Land-Based Activities, Year 3 Gymnastics Movement Lesson, Year 4 Invasion Games, Year 6 Lesson and Games.

Visit the Twinkl Canada Page and Twinkl Canada Teaching Group on Facebook for regular updates, featured resources and connect with a community of Canadian Twinkl users.

400 great resources for physical education teachers and other school staff looking after the physical education and health programs. Selected by Norbert Mercredi
Physical Education & Health Program Facilitator, MFNERC.

You can look forward to content announcements and previews in June with professional development options to help you get ready for whatever the new normal looks like. OPEN will be here to support your work.

Description: Early, Middle, Senior, parents and teachers. June Online & Printable Fitness Calendar. Join us for the month of June as we “Travel the World” with our month-long challenge by participating in the activities listed on our new calendar, specially designed for kids, families and students. Track your activity on the map and learn more about locations you may have already been and those you still want to see. For teachers, use our turnkey calendar to help your students get active easily virtually.

Professional Development – PHE teachers. PHE Community Updates. Join Us for the New PHE Spotlight Series and Cross-Canada Check-In this Week! New free educational webinar sessions have been added to the PHE Spotlight Series to support and advance quality physical and health education – both now, under the current at-home learning environment, and when we return to school.

Looking for suggestions of ways to help preschool aged kids develop their gross motor skills (movements using the large muscle groups of the body)? VeryWellFamily has activities for preschoolers to have healthy, active fun indoors and outdoors!

Here you’ll find a fun youtube video playlist for younger kids to follow along to and work on their gross motor skills! 

This is a free online site that provides activities on social and emotional learning. Activities can be completed by an individual or with a small group.  

Science Links

7 Amazing physics tricks that you can try at home!

10 Easy Science Experiments – That Will Amaze Kids

ProProfs.com is a free online site that provides quizzes on topics in science and math. Each quiz has approximately 10 questions. It auto-grades and provides a certificate of achievement, which can be downloaded and provides evidence of a completed task and score.

A website that provides hands-on activities, videos, articles and science topics to engage online learning for children at home. Students can enter their grade level and search for science areas they are interested in.

ProProfs.com is a free online site that provides quizzes on topics in science and math. Each quiz has approximately 10 questions. It auto-grades and provides a certificate of achievement, which can be downloaded and provides evidence of a completed task and score.

The Optics4Kids website is a resource for teachers and parents that focuses on optics – the science of light. This website is for children aged 5 and up and covers topics such as reflection, refraction and several others. The Optics4Kids website addresses Manitoba curriculum outcomes in the Grade 4 Light and Sound Cluster, the Grade 8 Optics Cluster, and clusters in the Physics 30S curriculum.

Lesson plans for biology slide show for “budding biologists”

My Science Journals – for K-2

Special Education

Learn about the ear, sound, and hearing through interactive activities.

Learn about the parts of the ear through this worksheet.

A resource with information on fine motor development and ideas on how you can help children play and practice fine motor skills with items you have at home.

Student Support Resources

This link will direct you to free video modules, which provide guidance, intervention, and postvention for grieving students. Each video time varies between 9-11 minutes.

Youth-Friendly Resources & Websites: This link will take you to a PDF, which features information about emotional problems, including anxiety and depression.

Sometimes when we’re worried, mad, or scared we get big feelings in our bodies. This video series from the storybook Big Feelings Come and Go teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight, and what to do to help them manage their big feelings. You can also download a free PDF version of the book!

Whether you are just starting to plan for your future, wanting to change jobs or looking to advance your career, this model is designed as a tool to assist you with lifelong career development planning. We encourage you to revisit the Decision Making Model often to help you stay on the road to success as you journey through your career and evolve throughout life.

Resources for Parents

Reading Recovery

Here are some links for parents to assist in daily reading and writing activities from the RRCNA website (Reading Recovery Council of North America).

Some ideas and suggestions for parents or family members when assisting their children with assignments

How to help your child in problem-solving during reading. Being flexible in problem-solving provides more information to allow the child to be successful.

Some games for parents to do with their children at home or when they are sitting and waiting at appointments, etc.

Fun Activities, including land based ideas

A handout with general ideas and activities to help promote skill development during this time at home.

Create an at home calming corner

SLP and Literacy Teacher and Educational Assistant Training Videos

For information please contact:


Marcella McCorrister

Languages and Culture

Violet Okemaw

Disclaimer: Certain links in this website will lead to websites and webinars which are not under the control of MFNERC. When you activate these you will leave the MFNERC website. MFNERC has no control over and accepts no liability in respect of information, materials, products or services available on any website which is not under the control of MFNERC.