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The Mystery on Dog Island series coordinates with the Alberta Curriculum for Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 6 English. The Teacher’s Guide gives specific lesson plans with activities that match the curriculum objectives. The Teacher’s Guide can be used with all three of the books in the Mystery series and can be adapted to any course and grade level that requires content with an Aboriginal perspective.
Sample from the Teacher’s Guide:
Page 11: 2A- Chapter 1 and 2 and others, give several opportunities for students to value diversity (1A) and traditions and become conscious of the limits of the natural environment, understanding the principles of sustainability.
Activity 2A1: Have students research and prepare a report comparing traditional trapping methods with current methods. Class discussion.
Activity 2A2: Invite a local trapper to class to explain the current methods of trapping and the laws and practices that ensure sustainability of the resource. If there is a student or their family who has a trap line, have them give a personal report to the class.
Activity 2A3: After reading chapter one and 2, discuss how Marg and Raymond’s Grandfather were connected to the land by way of their lifestyle and culture.
3A- Mystery on Dog Island provides many opportunities for students to study the unique nature of Canada, its history, complexity and current issues related to Aboriginal traditions, values, attitudes, contributions and current challenges.
Activity 3A1: Assign different groups of students to research and prepare presentations on various aspects of local history.
Example for Slave Lake:
- Explore the history of Slave Lake prior to the White explorers.
- The Slave Lake area is rich in history of places that were visited by early explorers such as David Thompson. There is a lady in Slave Lake who is related to David Thompson. Invite her for an interview.