This is the second in a series of blog posts on resources that incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into lessons, units, videos, activities. Each post in the series will highlight three resources: the first two resources are math-specific, the third is cross-curricular. This post will be Part 2 in the series. Part 1 can be found here.
Digital Teacher Workshop:
This American website provides a collection of workshops online – really a collection of activities and lessons for students. Two of the digital workshops focus on mathematics:
Tying Mathematics to Culture (K-2): number sense, Alaskan perspective
Wigwametry (K-12): geometry, scale models, wigwam construction (circles & spheres)
First Nations Games of Chance
This site is created by three individuals from British Columbia. It houses a collection of dice games and guessing games with historical accuracy, and a caution that the authors themselves state that some may find the games disrespectful and coloured with European biases. However, with one of the authors being from the Lil’wat First Nation, there are some interesting descriptions of what the games’ purposes were in Aboriginal culture. The links they have collected on their site also house some interesting student explorations, including a “create your own game” lesson.
UNTUWE PI KIN HE: Who We Are – Treaty Elders’ Teachings Vol.1
This newly published book (2014) accords Aboriginal Elders “the proper and fitting consideration for their expertise as carriers of the oral history and oral tradition” (p.3). An inaugural volume in a highly anticipated series, “we refuse to have our lives directed by others who do not and who cannot know our ways… we are not a colourful folkloric remnant. We are capable and competent and perfectly able to assess today’s conditions and develop ways of adjusting positively and successfully to them” (p.3). Highly recommended – well worth the read.