Section One: Project/Lesson Overview

Grade: 9

Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Title: A Day in the Life

Lesson Description: The student will recognize their daily contribution to the growth and/or destruction of the environment around them. This lifestyle is a great change in the manner in which historically Aboriginals and Canadians have viewed their community resources and environment. Students will see the manner in which we have treated and used our environment over the last 100 years and will see the impact of their daily habits on the environment.

Time Required: 3 x 60 minutes

Specific Curriculum Outcomes: 

  • Analyze the effects of selected geographic factors on Wolastoqiyik identity: describe where Wolastoqiyik live and explain why communities are established and grow in particular locations, account for the variations in growth of settlements due to physical and human factors.
  • gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Wolastoqiyik and their history, culture, and conditions 

Section Two: Project/Lesson Implementation

Equipment/Materials Required: Access to Seasons of Change content, paper, pencil

Lesson Procedures/Teaching Strategies:

  1. The students will keep a journal for three days. In this journal they will list everything they eat, make, throw out, and keep-their total consumption-including showers, bathroom visits etc. 
  2. They will come to class with their daily journals. 
  3. They will listen/read Ronald Paul’s account of the various activities in the changing seasons and they will as a class brainstorm a list of activities that he did that involved the environment. 
  4. Ask the students if the “use of the environment” was respectful? 
  5. Ask the student to then review their daily journals. 
  6. Have them identify 5 habits that they have that are “not respectful” to the environment. ***you may wish to begin this activity by sharing something that you do that is not as “respectful.” 
  7. Have the student then come up with environmentally friendly alternatives. 
  8. In groups of 4 or 5 collect all the alternatives and create a poster, decorate a bulletin board or publish them in the school newspaper 
  9. Invite a Wolastoqew Elder to your class to discuss issues and activities related to the Seasons of Change theme. Encourage students to ask questions to discuss and explore the similarities and differences between the experience of the visiting Elder and that of Mr. Paul

Suggested Assessment Strategies:
The students will be able to list at the end of the activity the most destructive habits they perform and will attempt to list alternative behaviours.

Section Three: Project/Lesson Resources
Web-Based Resources:

Disclaimer: The recommended web-resources included here have been scrutinized for their grade and age appropriateness; however, contents on links on the Internet change continuously. It is advisable that teachers preview all links before recommending them to students.

Catherine Decarie, Tantramar Regional High School, Sackville, New Brunswick
c. 2007
New Brunswick, CANADA
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