ESST 310 Community Supports Unit Plan

We were asked to create a Unit plan for our ESST class based on a topic of choice. I chose to create a unit on Grade Three Community Supports. Feel free to take a look at this unit. I plan to continue to develop this unit as time continues, but for now, here is my Unit Plan.

Community Supports Unit Plan – Grade Three

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Understanding Outcomes Presentations

Our first evaluation in ESST was focused around a presentation that helped us understand a certain outcome. I wanted to make sure that for future reference that I have all of my classmates presentation topics and ideas to help me when I am developing lessons. The purpose of the blog post is not to dive into the different topics that were explored but instead to have a reference for future to use these ideas. Please feel free to click on any of the links below and explore the different topics that my classmates created small activities on.

Grade Outcomes Link to Handouts
2 DR2.3
3 DR3.1 Teaching the Outcome – Resource Package
3 DR3.1 Miss Kohuch’s Blog – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
3 DR3.1 Miss Duarte’s Guide to Learning – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
1 PA1.1 & PA2.2 Grade One Power and Authority
1 DR1.3 Grade One Dynamic Relationships
3 IN3.3 Grade Three: Interactions and Interdependence of Nations
K DRK.1, DRK.2, DRK.3 Kindergarten Dynamic Relationships Outcomes
2 PA2.1 Grade Two Power and Authority
K INK.1 Kindergarten Interaction and Interdependence Outcome
2 IN2.1


Our section evaluation piece was based on the creation of a creative set that would connect to the unit that you would be starting but also would present the information in such a way that would engage the students. These sets included:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Songs
  • Dances
  • Small Activities
  • Multimedia
  • Skits
  • Introduction to Unit Routine

Creative sets are a very important part of lesson planning because you need to grab your students interest in a topic before you start teaching the material. This will ensure that they are paying attention, actively engaging and ultimately creating meaning making. In my ECS 3o1 class, we were asked to come up with as many creative sets as we could. Some ideas that came up included:

Creative Sets could be about: Voice, Actions, Interest, Intrigue and Wonder. The set should relate to the end of the lesson. What is it that I want them to know at the end of this lesson.


Topic Set Ideas
  • Make a sundial with class outside
  • Make a large clock on the floor for a phys. ed game.
  • World Clocks
  • Big Comfy Couch (Learn about Clocks with Molly)
  • Show clock segment from “Hook”
  • Exploration box
  • Make your room into the habitat that you are learning about.
  • Building miniature habitats
  • class pet (fish – one time show)
  • nature walk
  • Animal planet interactive habitat CD (mid 2000’s)
  • Poetry Scavenger Hunt
  • Drama-Read poem and then act it out
  • Children making slam poems rap
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Tooth Paste Activity
    • Two students, raced to empty a toothpaste, try to put back in relate to our words
  • Puppet Show
  • Video
  • Feeling Circles

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UR Pride Presentation: Where Was I?

On November 23rd, our ESST class was cancelled as there was a LGBTQ community presentation happening. Many of my classmates attended this presentation; however, I did not. Thankfully I have a wonderful classmate who shared her wonderful experience, at the presentation, with me. I cannot directly comment on the presentation because I was not there, but a good reflection of the presentation can be found on Miss Waldbauer’s blog. I think that presentations such as this one, that focuses on inclusion and ensuring that teachers are aware of the important terms and concepts related to the LGBTQ community, is extremely important in order to have  a positive and safe classroom experience for all students. Below I wanted to share the presentation handout from the evening.

Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer's Blog
Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog
Photo Credit: Miss Waldbauer’s Blog

While this presentation was on, I was at home working on a large unit plan that was due the next day. This unit plan was for my ESCI 310 class. The unit that I developed was Grade Five: Weather. This was a fun unit to prepare and create. I enjoyed exploring for engaging and educational activities that would help my students understand weather better through hands on experiences.

My weather unit can be found below as well as it is included in my Unit and Lesson Planning section of my blog. A full breakdown of my Weather Unit can be found here! I hope that you have a chance to check it out.

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Exploring Contemporary Issues and Protocol

On October 26th, we had some very special guests come into our classroom and discuss with First Nations content, integration into classrooms and proper protocol. This was an excellent, engaging and intriguing presentation. To start off the evening, we had Allison Kimberly speak to us about stereotypes. This was an interesting experience for myself as I felt awkward to say stereotypes out loud, especially the ones that I do not believe. I thought that Allison’s information was very informative as it opened my eyes to the different stereotypes that are prevalent in many stories, toys and games especially for children. As terrible as the different items in the “poison box” were, I felt that it showed us how there are stereotypes in every aspect of our lives. I really enjoyed the poison box activity also because it sparked meaningful and interesting conversations between myself and my classmates.


After class, I was exploring our ESST class blog and I found a link to Allison’s Aboriginal perspective at uregina.caAboriginal Perspectives Website. This website is a resource focused on providing a well rounded idea of aboriginal perspectives for teachers and students. I really enjoy the different videos that are on this website, as it provides a multimedia way to learn about these perspectives. I think that this is important for educators as it can help develop an stronger understanding for teaching about aboriginal perspectives.


The next portion of our presentation was focused around the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and how this is a problem that is impacting our world today. Although the government does not seem to think that this is an important topic, I think that it is because it shows of Indigenous Women are viewed as less than other women in the world. For my future students sake, I want to ensure that this issue is talked about and that all of my students feel valued and represented in our classroom. I think that our society will never changed unless we as educators ensure that these issue are discussed and that students formulate their own understandings and opinions. We must educate our students to see the potential and equality in everyone no matter their gender, race, religion or cultural belief system. I found this portion of the presentation very significant for my future teaching.

When it comes to practicality, the last portion of the presentation provided me with extremely important information for my future classroom. Vic Starr presented on cultural protocol. When we tool Treaty Training, I always wondered about the process to create a tobacco pouch or gather tobacco to give to an elder upon their entrance to your classroom. This presentation helped me realize that there is not correct way to gather the tobacco, but the most important part is to present it to the elder in a kind and respectful way. In my future teaching, I want to make sure that I use professional development pieces such as this presentation to help myself understand other worldviews and traditions with an open mind. When we got to make tobacco pouches, I was very excited because I felt that I was gaining knowledge that I could directly see how it would benefit me in the future. As a university student, moments of clarity such as that one are extremely important.

From this presentation, I am taking away a stronger understanding of my role in incorporating First Nations and Metis content in my everyday lessons.

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New Knowledge and Inspirations – ESST 310

This semester of ESST 310 has provided me with a wealth of new knowledge about teaching social studies. Starting off the semester, I was not sure with what it would be like to teach social studies. I really enjoyed that this class was focused on the different areas of social studies. I found that it was particularly important that we talked about Power & Authority as I did not truly understand what this topic was about besides discussing government. We explored multiple resources throughout the semester that helped me develop a better understanding of power and authority as well as other social studies topics. This blog post will dive into a two of the resources that we explored in class and explain their importance for myself as a future teacher.

  1. Worldview Reading This is a resource from the Treaty Essential Learning Booklet created by the Office of the Treaty Commissionaire. This reading is important as it helps develop an understanding of First Nations TELS Cover:Layout 1.qxdWorldview. I appreciated this resource as it recognizes the different First Nations and it ensures that any discrepancies between the different groups are displayed. This shows readers that not all First Nations groups are the same. I think that this resource is extremely important as it provides teachers with an understanding of some of the beliefs and systems of First Nations people. One strong section that stood out to me in this reading revolves around the Tipi Teachings (Office of the Treaty Commissionaire, 2008, pg. 37). I appreciated this because I knew that each of the 15 poles in a tipi had a meaning, but I did not know what those meaning were. In a future classroom, I would love to chat with my students about the different meanings of the poles and then bring in an elder or professional to fully explain the placements of the poles as well as show my students how a tipi is assembled. I think that this would be a very worth wild and  knowledge building opportunity for my students.

Office of the Treaty Commissionaire. (2008). Treaty Essential Learnings: We Are All Treaty People. Library and Archives Canada Cataloging: Montreal.

  1. Story of the Bean This article is focused on incorporating indigenous knowledge into your everyday teaching. I appreciated this story because it focused on thinking beyond the textbook when you are teaching. I think that as a future teaching, it is extremely important to think about the messages, biases and purpose behind what we are teaching instead of just teaching knowledge from a textbook. I appreciate this new wave of teaching because it forces teachers to be more reflective as well as inclusive to all. In the end, this new wave of teaching will help redefine education and fostering the future citizens of tomorrow. I encourage all teachers to read this story as it will open your eye to thinking about what you do in the classroom through more lenses than just your own. In my future classroom, I want to use this story as a reminder that I should look at each piece of information that I teach to my students in a very multifaceted way by ensuring that any other worldview representation are connected.

Brayboy, B. & Maughan, E. (2009). Indigenous Knowledges and the Story of the Bean. Harvard Education Publishing Group: Cambridge, MA.

These two resources have helped me gain an understanding into the importance of incorporating indigenous ways of knowing in my everyday teaching. I feel that it is important not only to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing, but also to think about the other demographics that represent my students and insure that each child in my classroom feels represented in the classroom culture as well as in the classroom activities and literature. I know that creating a multicultural classroom will be difficult, but it is worth wild and meaningful for my students development.

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Made to Fit – Grade Four Mathematics Games

I was exploring some tasks for grade four students to do in a mathematics class, when I game across this wonderful resource made by the Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan. This resource is a collection of mathematics games and activities that are categorized under the different grade four mathematics outcomes for Saskatchewan. This is a wonderful resource as it allows teachers to find fun and engaging activities that fit into the curriculum. I plan to use this list of activities during my pre-internship as sponge activities in the classroom. I strongly encourage other teachers to explore and use this resource in Saskatchewan.

Grade 4 Websites Based on Saskatchewan Curriculum (2007)

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Evaluating Power and Authority Resources 

We were asked in class to evaluate a number of resources that had to do with Power and Authority. Below you will find a break down of each resource with what it is, good and bad features and if I would use it in the future!

  1. Roles in Ontario Parliament
    1. What: This resource provides lesson plans regarding parliament structures and helps students learn about it.
    2. Good Features: Great information
    3. Bad Features: Made more for high school due to the content level and  structure of the resource
    4. Would I use this?  If I was teaching high school students about the different levels of government I would use this resources. For elementary grades, I would use this resource as a support for my own learning.
  2. Games and Quizzes
    1. What: This resource is activities for students who are learning about the different levels of government
    2. Good Features: Games and Activities to help make learning about the government more engaging and entertaining
    3. Bad Features: Not made for elementary, more made for higher levels such as high middle years or high school
    4. Would I use this? I would use this with older students
  3. Saskatchewan Teacher’s Institute for Legislative Assembly
    1. What: This resource provides you with an opportunity to learn hand on about our parliamentary system so that you can more effectively teach students about our government and increase engagement with involvement in the government (such as voting)
    2. Good Features: Provides teachers with an opportunity to learn hands on about things that they need to teach their students about.  The website provides great information about electing members, voting  and how laws are made.
    3. Bad Features: Must apply for the hands on opportunity. Not all get to go on it.
    4. Would I use this? I think that I do not know very much about the parliamentary system; therefore I think that I would use this resource as one way to better understand information that I need to find a way for my students to also learn and understand.
  4. Municipal Information
    1. What: This resource is based for municipal power and authority. This resource goes over things like community regulations and other laws that are specific to towns and municipal area.
    2. Good Features: Easy to maneuver. Made for educating adults, but could be used with a group of older students. As an educator, you might have to help the students understand the information in the sections as some of the terminology may be too complex.
    3. Bad Features: Unengaging presentation of material.
    4. Would I use this? I would use this resource to help myself, as the teacher understand the concepts more in regards to power and authority.
  5. Grade Two – Integrating First Nations and Metis Perspectives (Social Studies)
    1. What: This resource is a document that is focuses on integrating First Nations and Metis Perspectives into Grade Two Social Studies.
    2. Good Features: Made by a classroom teacher. Easy to read, sectioned off.
    3. Bad Features: Wish their was diagrams to go along with medicine wheel references.
    4. Would I use this? Absolutely!
  6. Grade Six Power and Authority Unit
    1. What: This resource outlines what a grade six power and authority unit plan could look like.
    2. Good Features: Blooms Taxonomy Reference, Lesson plan included
    3. Bad Features: Missing a few elements (Rubric and Misconceptions), additional resources are not available as they are listed to have been saved on a private T-drive.
    4. Would I use this? Yes, but would need to spend time creating worksheets and customizing lesson plans to fit my context.
  7. 1-5 First Nations, Metis & Inuit Perspective Integration in Social Studies
    1. What: This resource provides further resources for different outcomes and indicators in the curriculum.
    2. Good Features: Content is great to help lead your own integration of different worldviews into your classroom.
    3. Bad Features: No Lesson Plans
    4. Would I use this? Yes I would use this resource to help me get an idea of how to integrate First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into my teaching while I was planning.
  8. First Nations, Metis, Inuit Cultural Handbook
    1. What: This resource was created to help non-aboriginal teachers understand different cultural items and ceremonies so that teachers can discuss and present First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives in a positive and  non-offensive manner.
    2. Good Features: Terminology explains many things that non-aboriginal people do not understand
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes! I loved this resource because it will help me be respectful when it comes to different ceremonies and worldviews. Being culturally sensitive is something that I worry about and I always want to work towards improving in my teaching.
  9. Teacher’s Kit
    1. What: This resource was created in order to help teachers understand different terminology and concepts in regards to politics and government.
    2. Good Features: Presents information for further learning. Gives an idea for preparing lesson plans involving this topic.
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes, I find that I could use all the help that I can get in regards to parliamentary systems as I feel that my knowledge and comfort level with the topic is very low.
  10. Treaty Four Worldview
    1. What: This resource provides an insight for non-aboriginal people to help teachers understand the different indigenous world views that exist within Treaty Four.
    2. Good Features: Directly made for Treaty Four area which is the area around Regina and extended from there. This is specific to help teachers understand the different world view that they may encounter in their teachers or the different worldviews that they should present to their class.
    3. Bad Features:
    4. Would I use this? Yes, I really think that it is important to ask questions and learn about other cultures and other worldviews; therefore, I believe that this resource would be very beneficial for me as a future educator.


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