The Arctic, Inuit and First Peoples Principles of Learning
Updated: Sep 10
Lessons and Activities to support Collaborative Learning
Incorporating video links with QR codes, and higher order thinking activities students are immersed in collaborative learning, including lessons on: the location of the arctic, the aurora borealis (northern lights and Inuit beliefs), arctic animals, types of snow, steps in building an igloo, Alaskan huskies, and arctic birds .
The Northern Series Bundle complimented with the Scholastic Trickster Tales series – Tulugaq and other Inuit Tales, offers a well rounded winter unit supporting the First Peoples Principles of Learning:
Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
Learning involves roles and responsibilities.
Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.
Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
Learning involves patience and time.
How I Use these Units:
Incorporating a collaborative learning style, I create daily stations for students to rotate though. By forming multi-leveled learning groups, students work together to support each other in understanding and completing the activities. I establish roles such as: Taskmaster, Reader, Detective, and in the case of a fourth person, Quality Control; students work together learning, communicating, and planning their approach in completing the activity. The description of the roles are as follows:
Taskmaster: Reads the task sheet out loud and discusses with the group what information they are looking for to complete the assignment.
Reader: Reads the book or section aloud to the others in the group.
Detective: Looks and listens for clues; information important to the response sheet.
Quality Control: Makes sure everyone in the group has the correct information written in their booklets, is on task and completes the task to the best of their ability. (This can be a shared responsibility when there are only three people in the group.)
Perfect for grades 2-4, this well rounded approach to learning will inspire learning while fostering a supportive community.
To learn more about collaborative learning, read my blog post: Strong Stories: My Greatest Discovery this Year!