By Tammy Tkachuk
Last month I had the opportunity to be part of an EdCamp held at the ERLC (Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium). While at the EdCamp, I attended a session about the Literacy Seed Kit. A week later, I was further exposed to the Literacy Seed Kit during the Balanced Literacy session for PHRD teachers that was held in Barrhead at ADLC. This amazing resource is a collection of books, picture books, novels, fiction and non-fiction, that engage learners and provide meaningful First Nations, Inuit, and Metis content in our classrooms. The other wonderful thing about this resource kit is that it comes with a set of lesson ideas for classroom teachers to use. The link below will take you to the website the Literacy Seed Kit. If you click on Literacy and you can see the books and lesson plans by clicking on the other tabs.
LITERACY SEED KIT
Some other resources that were mentioned during this same session were the Gabriel Dumont Institute and Scholastic Canada's Flip- Point of View Series. I'm including links to their websites as well.
Gabriel Dumont Institute
Flip- Point of View Books
I also had a chance to talk to Solange Lalonde. She is amazing! Her is her blogspot (http://fnmied.blogspot.ca/ ). She told us about CBC’s 8th Fire, Education is Our Buffalo, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, University of Lethbridge FNMI Curriculum Collection, Code Talkers, The Keepers book Series for kids, Pearson’s Turtle Island Voices, and Cynthia Smith’s website (http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/cls/about_cyn.html ).
All of these resources provide fantastic information for classroom teachers. I hope you have a chance to check them out.
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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