Lesson 5: Researching the Trap
Lesson 5 is intended to be a continuing exercise from the information students were introduced to in Lesson 4.
You will also need to preview the short video Aboriginal Reflections: School in the Bush (approximately 15 minutes long). The film is available from LRC order no. 525644 at 780-472-5775 or online at
www.lrc.learning.gov.ab.ca. The film examines the traditional Cree teaching of values and culture as was taught in the bush.
The Teacher resource material for this is History of the Cree:
Begin by reviewing material presented from Lesson 4. Do the students have any questions?
Prepare the students by providing a brief overview of the Cree people.
Show The Little Trapper video and have students either make notes or create a worksheet for them to fill out while viewing. This will help keep them accountable.
Initiate a class discussion regarding the video. Follow up with the short video Aboriginal Reflections: School in the Bush.
Students should use the information they will receive from the two videos as a starting point for a research project on "life in the bush: hunting and trapping." Students may present their report in one of two ways: a large poster that depicts life in the bush using photos and written commentary or a written essay that describes life in the bush. Students must also explore the role of hunting and trapping in contemporary times. Questions they will want to ask are:
It is up to your discretion to create a marking rubric. Students may begin their research in the Student Zone section of the Edukit.
Throughout the five lessons, students have been learning about different forms of sport and recreation in Aboriginal communities. Ask students to create a list (you can do this as a class if you have younger students) of all of the reasons why it would be important to an Aboriginal community to participate in sport or recreation. Ask students to list five things that they learned in this unit.