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Instructional Plan


The following lesson plans are designed to meet the specific outcomes:

    K.1.4 Explore how we demonstrate respect for ourselves and others.
    K.2.5 Examine ways in which people create a climate of cooperation
    1.1.2 Value the groups and communities to which they belong
    1.1.4 Determine what makes their communities thrive
    1.2.1 Appreciate how stories and events from the past connect their families and communities to the present
    1.2.2 Analyze how their families and communities in the present are influenced by events or people of the past
    2.1.3 Investigate the cultural and linguistic characteristics of an Inuit, an Acadian, and a Prairie community in Canada
    3.1.1 Appreciate similarities and differences among people and communities
    4.2.1 Appreciate how an understanding of Alberta’s history, peoples, and stories contributes to their sense of belonging and identity
    4.3.4 Examine recreation and tourism in Alberta
    5.2.2 Critically examine the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada
    7.2.4 Critically assess the role, contributions and influence of the Red River Métis on the development of western Canada


Sport and recreation exist in Aboriginal communities in a variety of different formats. Sport and recreation include the playing of traditional games, trapping, hunting, fishing, and include participation in competitive sports. In the pre-contact era, trapping and hunting were the primary source of securing food. Males and females had their own recreational activities that varied across the tribes. Sport and recreation is a form of cultural expression, provided an important social aspect, and helped develop group cohesiveness. It is important that students be introduced to some of the traditional activities and contemporary interests of Aboriginal People in Canada, which are a reflection of how different communities functioned.

Introductory Activity:

Record key words and phrases and organize into a Venn diagram that has overlap between "sport" and "recreation". What does sport and recreation include? Why do people participate in sport and recreation? How is sport and recreation tied to culture? What is the social aspect of participating in sport and culture?

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