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Indigenous Math

This collection features resources to help you infuse FNME into math teachings. 

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Alaska Native Cultural Resources (ANKN) Searchable Lessons & Units
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This is a database of lessons and units searchable by content and cultural standards, cultural region and grade level.

Included are lessons and units on:
Whouy Sze Kuinalth - "Teaching Our Many Grandchildren"
Tauhna Cauyalitahtug - (To Make a Drum)
Math Story Problems
St. Lawrence Island Rain Parka
Winds and Weather
Willow
Driftwood
Snowshoes
Moose
Plants of the Tundra
Animal Classification for Yup'ik Region
Rabbit Snaring
The Right Tool for the Job - Fishing Tools and Technology
Blackfish
Family Tree
Medicinal Plants of the Kodiak Alutiiq Archipelago
Beaver in Interior Alaska
Digging and Preparing Spruce Roots
Moose in Interior Alaska
Birds Around the Village
Dog Salmon

This site also has the "Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum".

Subject:
Aboriginal Languages
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Askî’s Pond: Grade 1 Help Me Talk About Math Game iPad
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Askî’s Pond is an iPad math game for Grade 1 students, featuring the characters from Askî’s world. The game reinforces Saskatchewan curriculum math outcomes and processes and is available in the iTunes app store (free of charge) for all school divisions and First Nations Education Organizations. Search for “Aski’s Pond” or “Aski.”
Askî’s Pond supports math improvement and connects directly to the reading, writing and math and the First Nations, Métis and Inuit engagement outcomes. The game integrates mathematics and First Nations and Métis content, supports math instruction in the classroom and, like Help Me Tell My Story, is a wonderful family engagement tool.
The game can be played in either English or French.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Material Type:
Game
Date Added:
12/05/2023
Authentic First Peoples Resources K-7
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The past three decades have seen a dramatic increase in the number of resources with a First Peoples theme or focus aimed at young people. This guide has been created to help teachers make appropriate decisions about which of these resources might be appropriate for use with their students. The annotated listings provided in this guide identify currently available authentic First Peoples texts that your students can work with to meet provincial standards related to literacy as well as a variety of specific subject areas.

Subject:
Arts Education
Career & Work Exploration
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Health Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Physical Education
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
Date Added:
11/16/2018
CREE DICTIONARY OF MATHEMATICAL TERMS WITH VISUAL EXAMPLES – Simple Book Publishing
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The Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples provides Cree equivalents of 176 mathematics terms and their definitions in English. The visual examples mainly contain Indigenous elements. The Dictionary was reviewed by Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Cree-speaking educators.

Subject:
Language Education
Math
Nēhiyawēwin
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Textbook
Author:
Arzu Sardarli
Ida Swan
Date Added:
11/07/2023
First Nations and Stereotypes in Math
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This site provides 6 lessons (Grade 6) in relation to First nations and Stereotypes in math with 2 Subtopics:
- Stealing the Sun: Surface Area and Rectangular Prisms
- Stereotypes by Numbers: Investigating and Graphing the Representations of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples in School Library Materials

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
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Lesson
Author:
University of Toronto - Centre for Urban Schooling
Date Added:
11/13/2018
Games from the Aboriginal People of North America
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This site offers Aboriginal Games Categorized by Mathematical Content:
- PATTERNS AND RELATIONS
- PROBABILITY
- DATA MANAGEMENT
- NUMBERS AND OPERATIONS
- PROBLEM SOLVING
- CRITICAL THINKING
- GEOMETRY
- COORDINATION

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
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Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Christine Treptau
Math Central
Date Added:
11/13/2018
INDIGENOUS EDUCATION RESOURCES
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An excellent collection of FNME Resources from Alberta Education.
This includes:
*Online print resources
*Curriculum resources
*Professional learning resources
*First steps for professional development

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Native Studies
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Alberta Education
Date Added:
05/10/2019
Learning First People - Classroom Resources (First Nations Education Steering Committee FNESC)
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This is a collection of fabulous resources to integrate FNME into your classroom.
Some resources include:
*English First Peoples (gr. 10-12)
*Science First Peoples (gr. 5-9)
*Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides (gr. 5-10)
*Math First Peoples (gr. 8-9)
*Career Journeys Role Model Program
*Online Catalog
*More

Subject:
Career & Work Exploration
English Language Arts
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
Practical & Applied Arts
Science
Social Studies
Truth and Reconciliation
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
First Nations Education Steering Committee FNESC
Date Added:
02/03/2020
Math - FNMI Aboriginal Perspectives
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"This is a website on MathCentral that has support for the Aboriginal content in our math curriculum. These activities were developed by teachers. This site has content from the Grade 4 and Grade 6 workshops offered in 2011 as well videos, lessons and games that will support most grades in teaching their outcomes. "

This site includes videos and games.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Author:
CMS
Math Central
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
University of Regina
Date Added:
10/31/2018
Math Project:  What is the best size for a buffalo rubbing stone?
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This project is best completed prior to reading the novel, Mistasiniy:  Buffalo Rubbing Stone by Mary Harelkin Bishop to avoid influence of references in the text.  The original size of the Lake Diefenbaker mistasiniy is introduced in the novel's preface, while the size of the mistasiniy on Danny’s family’s land is mentioned on page 109 as part of Rose’s diary.   Students will work individually on a math inquiry problem challenging students to solve questions using estimation, approximations, geometry, analytical thinking, creative thinking, communication, and technology skills. Cross-curricular connections can be made with ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Arts Education. More information on bison/buffalo rubbing stones 

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
GAP 4
Lesson
Author:
Carole Butcher
Date Added:
06/16/2023
Numeracy First - Nations Métis Inuit Student Education Resources - Alberta Educators
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Numeracy is having the confidence and habits of mind to use mathematics to meet the general demands of everyday life. Being a numerate person means using mathematics to make sense of something new and know what mathematics can and cannot do.

Numeracy provides First Nations, Métis and Inuit students the opportunity to discover connections on their own and apply strategies to solve real life problems. Throughout history, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have used real life traditional learning contexts to connect to their world.

In the Empowering the Spirit video series, students explore numeracy through Traditional Games, an elementary math class on probability and a high school physics class examining the structure of a tee pee and rocket nozzle.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Physics
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Simulation
Author:
Alberta Regional Consortia
Date Added:
11/16/2018
SaskMATH Resources for Mathematics Indigenous Ways of Knowing
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This document has links to 7 grade specific units for FNME infused math. Keep in mind that these lessons can be altered to be used with any grade.

Subject:
Arts Education
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
Social Studies
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Date Added:
12/05/2023
Show Me Your Math – Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities
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Show Me Your Math is a program that invites Aboriginal Students in Atlantic Canada to explore the mathematics that is evident in their own community and cultural practices. Through exploring aspects of counting, measuring, locating, designing, playing, and explaining, students discover that mathematics is all around them and is connected to many of the cultural practices in their own communities.

The "Let's Learn Together" section of the website offers information and videos on:
- Eels
- Quill Boxes and Quill Work
- Beadwork
- Birch Bark Biting
- Indigenous Languages
- Paddle Making

Other resources are coming soon.

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Native Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Date Added:
11/16/2018
Workplace and Apprenticeship 20 Making Of First Nation Tipis To Scale
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Workplace and Apprenticeship 20 Making Of First Nation Tipis To Scale

WA20.5 Extend and apply understanding of 3-D objects including: top, bottom, and side views, exploded views, component parts, and scale diagrams.
[CN, R, T, V]
WA20.10 Extend and apply proportional thinking to solve problems that involve unit analysis and scale. [C,CN,PS,R,T,V]

Subject:
Indigenous Perspectives
Math
Workplace and Apprenticeship
Material Type:
Lesson
Date Added:
12/05/2023