During the activity, students pick up a natural object, such as a leaf, and make “I notice…” statements out loud with a partner, then share some of their observations with the group. They do the same with “I wonder…” questions, and with “It reminds me of…” connections. Then, students practice using these tools while exploring whatever they find interesting. This simple routine can help students get beyond seeing nature as a “green blur,” and lead them to never be bored in nature again.
- Increase curiosity for and directly engage with aspects of the natural world.
- Make observations, ask questions, and relate findings to past experiences.
- Learn that descriptive observations are distinct from statements of opinion or identification.
A short video documentary, filmed at a Siwash Gathering in Tsilhqot'in territory (near Sugar Cane), introduces the game of Lahal. Learners will listen and watch to learn not only the rules of the game, but also the purpose both past and present.
Learners will learn about the materials, the hand signals as well as the object and procedures of the game.
Learners will be introduced the the value this game holds for the Tsihlqot'in community both past and present.
Learners will then be asked to calculate theoretical probabilities of certain results in the game.
Learners will be introduced to experiential probability and will have an opportunity to conduct a math experiment in small groups.
Learners will have a chance to reflect on their learning after watching a first nation's dance celebrating Laval.
Finally, if the teacher wishes, the actual game of Lahal can be played!
Worksheets, links to videos, music, etc. provided.
*Theoretical probability (with 2 independent events)
*Experiential probability (with 2 independent events)
*Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
*Connection to first people's principles of learning and learning content
*Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge
*Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits and the ancestors