First Nations in Canada Before Contact

Introduction

The First Nations people of Canada are an important part of our countries history and future. You have been chosen for a very important mission!

You will become a journalist for a day. You will need to be prepared to ask questions, take some risks and get some important answers!

Are you up for the challenge? Let's get ready for an adventure! 

Miss. Theyers

Task

You are an amazing journalist, looking for some important answers. In this Web-quest you will be researching a different part of "A day in the life" of First Nations in Early Canada.  Just remember you are trying to answer some tough questions and to bring back your results to your peers. 

We are all depending on you to find the answers and teach us what life was like for the First Nations people. Get your pen and paper ready!

 

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Process

Alright Grade 5 journalists get ready!

Every great journalist has to be sure their facts are correct and accurate. Below you will find your quest. Once you have collected all your research you will decide how you would like to present your findings.

You can create a slide show, a research project, a letter, a newspaper article or an advertisement. It is entirely up to you how you would like to present your findings.

Good luck and happy hunting!

STEP ONE

Use this link to guide you with your research. 

Choose ONE of the following groups and research the topics below. 

  • Northwest Coastal People
  • Plateau People
  • Plains People
  • Eastern Woodland Hunters
  • Eastern Woodland Farmers
  • Subarctic People
  • Inuit

http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/index.html

When you visit this site, you can select the group on the left hand tab that you wish to research. Once you select the tab, information pertaining to food, travel, religion etc will appear at the top. Click each link to gather your research. 

You can also use additional web sites of your own findings to help you. 

STEP TWO

Choose 5 of the following sub-topics to research and answer the questions below.

 #1: Food

What types of food did First Nations people eat and how did they get it? Visit and read the information found on this website to find the answers to your question. Remember a good journalist takes notes so they remember all the facts.

#2: Travel

How did First Nations travel from one place to another in different seasons? Explain in detail how it was made and how it benefited the people.

#3 Homes

What were First Nations homes called? What did they look like and what types of materials did they use to make them? Watch this video on First Nations homes to understand how they were built and with what materials.

#4: Clothing

What would the First Nations people have worn? What would their clothing have been made out of? Did men and women wear the same thing? Look at the pictures and text to help you answer these questions. 

 #5: Religion and Beliefs

The First Nations people hold many beliefs. After reading over this web-page, what are 3 beliefs you found interesting and why? 

 #6: Legends

The First Nations people have many legends that they pass onto the younger generations. According to this video how was North America formed? Is this a legend you would believe to be true? 

#7: Family Life

Did men and women have the same roles in the family? Were they able to do the same things and have the same jobs/chores? 

 

DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT PICTURES FOR YOUR FINAL PROJECT

Evaluation
# Not There Yet Getting There Got It Above and Beyond Score
Knowledge and Understanding Student does not demonstrate an understanding of how the the First Nations people lived or why this is important to present day Canadians. Student demonstrates some understanding of how the the First Nations people lived, but lacks the understanding of why this is important to present day Canadians. Student demonstrates a good understanding of how the the First Nations people lived and why this is important to present day Canadians. Student demonstrates an excellent understanding of how the the First Nations people lived and why this is important to present day Canadians.  
Thinking Student uses planning skills, creative thinking and processing strategies with limited effectiveness. Student uses planning skills, creative thinking and processing strategies with some effectiveness. Student uses planning skills, creative thinking and processing strategies with a considerable effectiveness. Student uses planning skills, creative thinking and processing strategies with a high degree of effectiveness.  
Communication Student expresses and organizes ideas and information with limited effectiveness. Student expresses and organizes ideas and information with some effectiveness. Student expresses and organizes ideas and information with considerable effectiveness. Student expresses and organizes ideas and information with a high degree of effectiveness.  
Application Students applies knowledge and skills and is able to make connections to First Nations with limited effectiveness. Students applies knowledge and skills and is able to make connections to First Nations with some effectiveness. Students applies knowledge and skills and is able to make connections to First Nations with considerable effectiveness. Students applies knowledge and skills and is able to make connections to First Nations with a high degree of effectiveness.
Conclusion

You have learned about the lives of Canada's First Nations. What are three things you have learned from this assignment and what is a question you still have about the First Nations people?

 

Complete this in the attached Google Document in Classroom.