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Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: Health and Wellness Elementary  Health and Wellness
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Lesson Five: Watercraft and Communities

Teacher Information:

The following lesson is designed to supplement Lessons Three and Four. However, if modified it could be conducted independently.

Main Lesson:

Ask students to hypothesize as to how the development of watercraft may have helped traditional Aboriginal communities in Canada. Students may wish to record their hypothesis on a chart. Students are encouraged to speculate on the following points/questions:

  • How would a watercraft help a community living on the edge of a river?
  • How did the natural environment affect what type of watercraft was created?
  • What distances did Aboriginal People usually travel by watercraft?
  • How did they develop an understanding of the environment that would affect their water travel?
  • Why do you think different communities use different types of watercraft?
  • Why would different communities use different types of watercraft?

Student should utilize the research material presented in class to assist in developing hypotheses.

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