Numeracy Resources

Beading Techniques Lesson Plan (suitable for all divisions): Students will learn about the traditional beading technique called "lane stitch" and learn how designs and colours can represent people and place. Curricular connections to math outcomes are included, as well as links to additional resources.

The following literature titles have accompanying lesson plan activities that weave culture and numeracy/math together:

Recommended Literature:
Mathology Little Books (Pearson):  "A series of math little books for K-3 that allows teachers to match books to a child's or group's level of math understanding, providing rich opportunities for teaching and learning."  This series contains literature with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit content that would be a great addition to any classroom.

Math Literacy Collection (Eaglecrest Books):  "The books in this collection provide children with real life stories that illustrate the role that Math plays in the world around us.  All the books in this collection are leveled to assist teachers and students in choosing text that is appropriate for each child."  The books include Indigenous children in the photographs and are excellent resource for seeing "self" in the literature. Please note that the books do not contain background information and will be required for some of the literature with cultural content.    

Educator Resources:
Empowering the Spirit:  First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education

This website will provide opportunities to expand your understanding of literacy and numeracy practices from First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and gain tools and strategies to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all students' success in your community.

Direct links to videos and learning guides; designed for use by professional learning communities, learning coaches and teacher leaders or as a self-paced study are describe and available at the following links:  

Exploring Numeracy through Traditional Games:  First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples traditionally used the context of games to teach skills needed for surviving on the land. This video illustrates how this traditional way of learning can be just as valid today.

Engaging All Students through Numeracy:  See first-hand how two different teachers engage their students in meaningful numeracy experiences through traditional contexts, including exploring probability through traditional rock hand games and calculating volume by examining the structure of a traditional tee pee.

The following are links to resources to weave First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture and numeracy together:

Talking Math with Your Kids:  Tiling Turtles