Fireside Chats Teacher's Guide: Volume 1

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Lesson One: Taylar Belanger 104 Lesson One: Taylar Belanger Activity: Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: •Aboriginal Studies Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10, 11, 12: Uqausiliriniq Strand •Science Grades 11-12 British Columbia and Yukon: •Contemporary Indigenous Studies Grade 12 •Earth Sciences Grade 11 •English Language Arts Composition Grades 10, 11, 12 •English Language Arts First Peoples Grade 12 •Environmental Science Grade 12 •Explorations in Social Studies Grade 11 •Life Sciences Grade 11 •Science for Citizens Grade 11 •Social Studies Grades 10 Ontario: •English Language Arts Grades 9-10 •English Language Arts Grades 11-12 •Environmental Science Grade 11 •First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies Grades 9-12 •Social Studies Grades 9-12 •Science Grades 9-10 •Science Grade 12, University/College Preparation DURATION 1 hour OVERVIEW Throughout this lesson, students will learn about traditional herbalist, Taylar Belanger, while exploring ideas about ecosystem protection, connections in nature, and the dierence between western science and traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge. Students will consider the roles and responsibilities that we all have when looking after Mother Earth. Students will write a research essay analyzing the dierences and similarities between western science and traditional ecological knowledge. Teachers may want to invite an Elder or traditional knowledge keeper to the classroom to talk about the traditional ecological viewpoint firsthand. MATERIALS •Chart paper •Markers •"Aspects of Ecosystems Cut-Outs" handout English or Anishinaabemowin (cut and placed into envelopes per group) •Western Science and Traditional Knowledges Research Essay •Western Science and Traditional Knowledges Rubric •Indigenous Worldview and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Teacher Resource •Computer access Health and Science

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