Telling Stories: Narratives of Nationhood

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Lesson Plans: 4-6

Acadie - Alive and Well!
Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, 6
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write stories, share stories with class, collect stories in community, create an old-fashioned radio show, make a mural, listen to music, and write letters.

Artists, Architects, and Architecture
Grade(s): 4, 5
In this unit students will make a drawing, have class a discussion, take a walking tour or class field trip, write a real estate advertisement, conduct research, view artwork, host an architect or homebuilder to the class, and interview seniors.

Canadian Winters
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, compile information, create mosaics, exhibit their work, tour the exhibition, write newspaper articles, present their work, compile a class newspaper, conduct internet research, label maps, draw maps, decorate maps with pictures, host a guest speaker, and organize a winter sport/activity for the school.

Castle Builder
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, conduct research, make journal entries, design castles, make drawings to scale, make papier-mâché castles, and plan a medieval fair.

Celebrating Canada
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will discuss and define: nation and symbols, such as the national flag, the national anthem and the symbolic role of music; discuss local and national events and festivals; and research festivals.

Children of Yesteryear
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write a short piece, conduct internet research, create a fashion timeline, play games, write letters, make paints, make paintings, write artist's statements, have field trip to local historical village, and host senior visitor in class.

Children: Then and Now
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, conduct research, write a synopsis, conduct interviews, tape interviews to share with class, write a story, plan an activity session with grade one students, and attend a storytelling festival.

Exploring History Through Photographs
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view art work and maps, have class discussion, map read, look at photos, calculate distance, make drawings, take a field trip, and make a time capsule.

Japan: Traditions and Culture
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, participate in the re-enactment of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, conduct internet research, create their own Mon family crests, read and write Haiku poetry, create banners, and display their work.

Painting Faces
Grade(s): 4, 5
In this unit students will view art work, have class and group discussion, write a short biography, conduct research, analyse and enact portrait, write interpretation, and create a self-portrait

Real-life History
Grade(s): 4, 5
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, compile and display artifacts, write letters, conduct research, prepare a survey, conduct interviews, write synopsis, collect photos, plan a tour of community, create a display, and visit cemetery and do tombstone etchings.

Scary Stuff!
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct internet research, plan a marketing campaign, make brochures, conduct interviews, create newspaper articles, compile a newspaper, tell stories, conduct research, write stories, make invisible ink, and make monoprints.

Schoolhouses
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, present results, research and plan a day in a one-room schoolhouse, re-enact the one-room schoolhouse for a day, write journal articles, calculate walking distances, take a kilometre walk, make a collaborative paper crazy quilt wall hanging, display their work, visit a refinished one-room schoolhouse, and host a guest speaker who attended a one-room schoolhouse.

Something Fishy
Grade(s): 4
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, present their findings, play math version of Go Fish game, make drawings, make prints, display their work, go on a field trip, and start an aquarium

Symbols of Canada
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view artwork, go on field trip, make sketches, press pants or leaves, display their work, make drawings on computer, have group and class discussion, write a character sketch, write a journal entry, create landscape drawing, create and share stories, create a mural, conduct internet research, decorate classroom, and write an advertisement.

The Looking Glass
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write responses, listen to poem, write journal entries, create abstract artworks, display their work, conduct internet research, present their work, create a tableau, and role play host visitors to class

We are Reflections of Canada _ Our People, Our Places, and Our Landscape
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view artwork, have class and group discussion, read poem, make and decorate outline of feet, display work, conduct internet research, share results with class, write an interpretation, make sketches, compile survey questions, survey seniors, make graphs, develop a newsletter, keep a learning journal, and display their artwork.

We Are Unique - Yet Also Alike
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will discuss trees and stories such as legends and myths and storytelling; create stories; read stories; create clay figures; research stories; listen to music from around the world; discuss and share music; perform to music; and create musical accompaniments.

Women's Role in the Mi'kmaq Community Long Ago
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view artwork, have class discussion, make model, design and make Talking Stick, hold a Talking Circle, and write and share diary entries.