Supplementary Lessons - Grade 4: Sharing Knowledge
Topic B: Alberta: Its People in
Albertans throughout the history of Alberta have contributed to its development.
The lesson will allow students to realize and identify the important roles
of Aboriginal people upon the development of Alberta.
- Students will recognize that Aboriginal people played an important role in developing Alberta
- Students will identify specific examples and contributions of Aboriginal individuals
- Students will develop understanding of how Aboriginal people, fur traders, explorers, and settlers worked together and shared information
- Students will search and retrieve information from electronic and paper sources
- Students will categorize important information
- Students will develop respect towards Aboriginal peoples and acknowledge their valuable contributions to Alberta
Create a list on the board based on student knowledge, following a rough
time line framework. Begin with having students identify:
- Who lived in Alberta before the explorers and later fur traders
- How do we think they lived?
- When the fur traders came, things
changed. Give examples.
- What new things would the fur traders have brought
- What things would the Aboriginal people have shared with the
- How did they work together?
- What new items or information
would the settlers have brought with them to Alberta?
- What things would
the Aboriginal people have shared with the settlers?
- How would they have
- How do people work together today and share information?
Students will each need a large piece of poster paper. They should title
their poster, “Sharing Knowledge.” The poster should be broken into two
categories, one for Aboriginal and the other for Fur Traders and Settlers.
Under each section students will list in writing and with pictures taken
from the Student Zone Photograph Gallery ways in which each group would have
shared knowledge with the other. For example, fur traders may have shared
information about guns so students would write guns and find a picture of an
Aboriginal person or fur trader holding a gun. Students may also illustrate
their examples if they chose. Aboriginal people may have shared knowledge
about hunting so students could write hunting and draw a picture of a
Students will chose two individuals from the Biographies section of the
Student Zone and create a mini biography on them. Students should choose one
person born before 1900 and one person born after 1900. Students should try
and include a picture and should make note of the contribution each person
made to Alberta. The student must also identify why they chose this person.
This exercise can be done in written format.