When I first received that news that we had to create a treaty lesson plan in our major content area I was devastated. Incorporating treaties in a lesson alone is hard enough itself let along trying to include it in math. My partner, Kaylyn, and I spent a very long time trying to figure out ideas on how to incorporate this concept into our lesson. We finally decided on a lesson about comparing population of reserves on the Treaties to the amount of land they were given according to the land allotment for that given Treaty. This lesson actually ended up being quite successful with the differentiation aspect of the assignment without us even realizing what we were doing. We gave the students a map of saskatchewan that outlined the treaty areas, we had class discussions and also provided written work, and we also aloud the students to present their material in any way. This lesson, even though it took forever to create, is something that I am quite proud of and excited my partner and I managed to create on our own! I am looking forward to using it in the future.
This was my first time ever creating a Treaty lesson plan and I was quite shocked at how little information there is out there for resources and things to include in your lesson in general. Since including Treaty education is now mandatory in the Saskatchewan curriculum, I figured it would be easy to find some sort of site or blog that would have any type of information or ideas available. Maybe in years to come there will be more resources and information out there.
Our feedback given to us from the group we presented to was quite limited due to the amount of time we received to discuss our lessons. We both had the time to explain/present our lessons but never really had enough time to discuss any changes that could be done to improve our lessons. Something that was very interesting to me that stood our during our presentations was that the group we presented to had the exact same set as we did! The other group did a History lesson and their set was composed of having a class party and then having that get taken away because they didn’t shake on the deal. Ours was the exact same, having class party and then having part of the time getting taken away because thats what occurred with the land allotments for the people on the reserves (they weren’t given the right amount of land they were allotted to). It’s neat how even though we had complete opposite subject areas that we still managed to have around the same type of lesson. This just shows that if you are having troubles incorporating treaties into your lessons, you could discuss it with any teacher of any subject and get some ideas to make it work.