2nd Grade First Nations And Aboriginal People Lesson Plan

Topic: First Nations and Aboriginal people

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe the different regions where the first nations lived in Canada.
  • Students will be able to list the foods the first nations people ate.
  • Students will be able to describe what the men and women did in the first nations communities.
  • Students will be able to explain how the first nations people enjoyed their free time.


  • Map of Canada
  • Pictures of the different regions of Canada
  • Handouts with information about the foods eaten by the first nations people
  • Construction paper and markers for independent practice project


  • Review the different regions of Canada on the map. Ask the students to point out where they live and where they have traveled.
  • Ask the students to share any experiences they have had with aboriginal people or culture.

Direct Instruction

  • Show the students pictures or artifacts from different first nations cultures.
  • Ask the students to describe what they see and what they think it is used for.
  • Discuss the different regions of Canada and the types of climates and resources found in each region.
  • Discuss the different roles of men and women in first nations cultures.
  • Explain the different types of games and activities that first nations people played for fun.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the students into small groups and give each group a set of pictures or artifacts from different first nations cultures.
  • Have the students work together to organize the pictures or artifacts by region and gender.
  • Have the students use the chart paper and markers to create a visual representation of the different first nations cultures, including a description of the region, gender, and artifacts/pictures used.
  • As a class, discuss the different first nations cultures and the differences and similarities between them.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students choose one first nations culture that they would like to learn more about.
  • Have them research their chosen culture and create a project that shows what they have learned. This can be a presentation, poster, or written report.
  • Give the students timeframe to complete their projects.


  • Have the students share their projects with the class.
  • Review the main points of the lesson and ask the students to give one thing they learned about first nations and Aboriginal people.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity and provide feedback on their understanding of the material.
  • Use the students' presentations as a formative assessment to evaluate their ability to communicate their research and understanding of first nations and Aboriginal people.

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