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Middle Years

Grades 5 – 8

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.

An interactive Jeopardy game which educators can use to teach about the Metis nation and facts about Louis Riel.

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).

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

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

Lucy Antsanen, MFNERC First Nations Studies Facilitator, will go over Treaty Terms in Dene through a series of PowerPoint presentations. There are three parts to the Treaty terms. The presentations feature two dialects; the first one will be Lac Brochet dialect and the second one is Sayisi Dene dialect. Lucy will be saying the word in Dene. The Dene spelling will also be provided, as well, the English word. These presentations are geared to Middle Years students, as well as parents who want to teach their children these new words. Maci-chōk!

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 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)

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

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)

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.

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.

Career Planning Project: Through the Education Partnership Program, MFNERC, in collaboration with Manitoba Education and Training, undertook an initiative to complete an environmental scan of career planning and exploration for First Nations students. The goal of the project was to identify what is currently being offered to Manitoba First Nations students on-reserve and to develop a plan to increase career planning development opportunities for Manitoba First Nations schools.

Resources for teachers to share with parents. Fun Activities, including land based ideas.

Numeracy Links

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.

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.

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

Menus, workouts, programs, challenges, fitness, etc.

Lesson plans, 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.

SHAPE America is dedicated to helping physical education and health education teachers across the country as many schools and school districts are moving to distance learning due to COVID-19.

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.

Here are some fun exercises for early and middle years aged children to work on their core strength!

This link has some fun activities for younger children to work on their core strength while they play!

This is resource includes 4 weeks of SEL activities.

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 that can be downloaded and provide evidence of a completed task and score. To get a specific quiz, add the topic to the end of the URL as illustrated here.

Amazon Future Engineer offers free online virtual robotics & coding classes for any student or teacher affected by COVID-19. These classes allow our students to learn and practice coding skills with virtual robotics.

This resource is perfect for our students and teachers to use because the concepts taught in these classes feature relevant works and applications of coding languages that are already familiar with our students and teachers. As our students and teachers have already partaken workshops from the technology facilitators on the previously stated, this would be a great addition to any classroom. With this resource, the teachers and students are able to continue to learn the LEGO robots and coding; It is very suitable for the students Learning From Home. By taking these classes, students can also choose to receive assistance from Michael Li, Technology Facilitator.

Michael Li’s Google Classroom offers to learn Python computer language for middle-years students. It is created for students who have zero knowledge of coding. It offers video lectures, class notes, practices, questions and assignments. Students only need a computer with Windows OS and an internet connection. Students/teachers can post questions and email their questions to Michael Li. It is very suitable for Learn at Home at present.
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This site provides basic chemistry help .It provides information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.
Other free science sites from this site include Biology4Kids, Geography4Kids, Cosmos4Kids, or Physics4Kids, and a math site called NumberNut.com.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free. It Includes topics in the following categories: science, Languages. Arts and Humanities, Math. Social Science and Other which has computer skills. Discover popular Chemistry study sets on Quizlet. Study Chemistry topics like Periodic Table of Elements, Physical Chemistry and Polyatomic Ions. Learn what you need to get good grades in Chemistry classes. Memorize important Chemistry terms, definitions, diagrams and concepts. Prepare for Chemistry homework and exams with free online flashcards, diagrams, study guides and practice tests.

Grade 5 Science: Simple Machines – Levers. Inclined plane i) understanding structure & mechanism ii) inclined plane powerpoint iii) inclined plane worksheet 1

Grade 5 Science: Simple Machines – Pulleys

Grade 5 Science: Simple Machines – The Screw

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.

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers and students communicate and collaborate, manage assignments paperlessly, and stay organized. Google Classroom is part of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools and is only available to Google Apps for Education accounts.eded for activity unless you have a GPS app on your mobile phone.

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.

The St. Boniface Research Centre, along with scientists from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Immunology, has published a magazine storybook with La Liberte, regarding the science behind the COVID-19 situation. This resource is to provide a better understanding of the coronavirus and its current circumstances to children.

This video provides a five-minute walkthrough of the Minecraft Hour of Code: AI for Good lesson in Minecraft: Education Edition. Watch the video for an overview of how to start the lesson and navigate each coding quest.

Download the free Hour of Code lesson at http://aka.ms/minecrafthourofcode. This is an excellent resource for computer teachers to teach coding to Grades 2 to 8, plus high school students, using the popular game of Minecraft. Students not only play the game but also learn how to do coding using a drag & drop platform.

Special Education Links

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

Learn about the parts of the ear through this worksheet.

Student Support Resources

The following list of apps includes plenty of material for parents, teachers, children, and youth to support children and youth with various issues.

Keep the spirit lifted, the mind curious, and the heart at peace with these positive coping strategies.

Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario, and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support, and reliable information they need during this pandemic.

We Matter is a place to help Indigenous youth get through hard times, whether you need support yourself or want to support someone you know. It has stories, videos, resources, and more by Indigenous youth and communities for Indigenous youth and communities.

Teen Mental Health provides information, knowledge and resources for youth, parents/caregivers, and professionals to support young people in striving for good mental health. Topics include a variety of mental health issues and COVID-19 resources as well.

This website provides the knowledge and resources to guide teenagers on how to start practising mindfulness. Mindfulness decreases stress and worry by allowing us to live in the present moment.

This website is geared toward suicide prevention. It contains resources for students, parents and school administration.

This network was created to stop bullying in Canada. Bullying is an issue amongst children and youth, and now with the pandemic, cyberbullying may become heightened. This website has resources for kids, teens, parents and educators on promoting bullying prevention.

MyGrief.ca can help you understand grief and work through some of the difficult issues you may be facing. This resource is geared toward parents and caregivers.

This website has a collection of resources for adults to help with themselves and others with their mental wellness during COVID-19.

Canada’s pediatricians share knowledge and resources for parents in supporting optimal growth of their children’s mental health development.

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!

This link will take you to a resource focused on helping teens at home who are dealing with anxiety.

What does anxiety in kids look like? This link will take you to a resource that explores six different ways that anxiety can impact us and our lives.

This link will direct you to an anxiety workbook for children.

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

A parent tool kit for communicating with teens.

A toolkit for parents, teachers, providers focused on mental health.

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.http://www.manitobacareerdevelopment.ca/CDI/

Youth resources for support during COVID-19

SLP and Literacy Teacher and Educational Assistant Training Videos

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Marcella McCorrister

Languages and Culture

Violet Okemaw