INFUSING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEdGE INTO CURRICULUM

ALBERTA GRADES 1 TO 9

This website shares documents for Grades 1 to 9 English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math that aim to provide:

  • Clarity and consistency related to the Grades 1 to 9 Essential Learning Outcomes in the four core subject areas in Alberta Education’s Programs of Study

  • Understandings of curriculum sequencing from grade to grade for each of the identified subject areas

  • Understandings of what must be assessed (for and of) in each of the identified subject areas per grade

  • Common and consistent curriculum across an authority

What is THE prioritized curriculum for Alberta Grades 1 to 9?

A working group of Alberta educators met in July 2020 to prioritize and identify essential learning outcomes (ELOs) in Alberta Education’s Programs of Study for grades 1 to 6, in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Grades 7 to 9 are being added in early 2022.

The group, led by a team of educators from the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Educational Authority, identified ELOs by viewing curriculum through the lens of land based learning (LBL), Cree ways of knowing and being (Nehiyaw Ways of Knowing), and the learning needs of students in their communities. Additionally, educators layered suggestions for infusing land based learning and Cree ways of knowing and being with the identified ELOs.

The working group also integrated identified ELOs from Social Studies, Science and Math programs of study to the ELOs in English Language Arts. Finally, the working group identified seasons in which to teach the identified ELOs, based on LBL and Cree ways of knowing and being.

It is important to note that the ELOs identified in these documents were selected by the KTCEA working group, are based on their local context and reflect what is essential through the lens of land based learning, Cree ways of knowing and being and the learning needs of the students in their communities.

For teachers who would like to view curriculum from an Indigenous perspective, this document will be useful. An educational authority from a different region of Alberta may identify different ELOs, based on their context. It is also important to note that all outcomes listed in Alberta Education’s Program of Studies must be taught.


Find resources that support Indigenous perspectives and land based learning on the Empowering the Spirit website.

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES ARE:

  • Essential outcomes represent the essential understandings that a students must learn to reach high levels of learning

  • Essential outcomes identify "have to know" versus "nice to know" which informs planning and instruction

  • Essential outcomes help us to identify which students did not master specific essential outcomes and need additional support

  • Essential outcomes support common assessment development

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES ARE NOT:

  • Essential outcomes do not represent all that you are going to teach

  • Essential outcomes do not omit parts of the curriculum

  • Essential outcomes are not for reporting purposes only -- you can't stick them into a report card as is...

  • Essential outcomes do not focus solely on the PAT


FROM Essential Learning Outcomes: Chinook's Edge School Division No. 73 https://sites.google.com/erlc.ca/erlc-elo/home/essential-learning-outcomes