This unit was designed with the intention of educating and engaging grade six students on the issue of Aboriginal children’s rights in Canada, and encouraging them to take action against injustices. Grade six students are a good target population for this social action curriculum project because they learn about the characteristics of various Aboriginal cultures, and the nature of the first contact between the European settlers and Aboriginal people in social studies. The unit is available here.
In terms of social action, the goal for this unit and curriculum project is to encourage students to take individual responsibility for their ecological footprint and to spread awareness with regards to environmental sustainability. This means creating an ecological handprint instead. Our personal goal as a professional learning community is to encourage teachers to execute the lesson plans in an environmentally friendly fashion, to “lead by example”. The ideas expressed through each lesson will be mirrored by the teachers and the lessons themselves. Click here to view the unit.
Malca McLean (BEd Graduate, 2011)
Kherta Mohamed, Amira Boutaleb, Janine Blouin, Malca McLean
*with the generous assistance of many Global Cohort B.Ed colleagues
Under the supervision of Professor Ng-A-Fook, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to work with grades 5 and 6 First Nations students from students to create public service announcements (PSAs) that enabled these Algonquin youth to voice their concerns about an issue that was important to them, exchange ideas with education students, and learn techniques to create effective PSAs. Continue Reading…
As part of our Schooling and Society class, we were asked to create a Social Action Project in connection with a cause that we wanted to support. As a group we went to Matthew House Ottawa and came up with some ideas of how we could get involved. Matthew House is a not-for-profit organization which supports refugee claimants upon arrival into Canada. Our main objectives for this project were to fundraise for various financial needs of the organization, and to promote awareness about volunteer opportunities and events connected with Matthew House. The experience was fantastic and we learned what can be accomplished when passionate people come together and work towards a great cause. Click on the newsletter above to read about their rewarding experience.
Our (Global Cohort) social action project, Sewing Patches – Sowing Progress, was aimed at connecting the local and global charity initiatives. We did this by making and donating quilts to a Gatineau based organization, Le Bras-Sida that distributed them to homeless persons in Gatineau. The quilts were made out of old clothing, donated by Entraide Familial, that we recycled to form the patches and stuffing. We then fundraised for a NGO based out of Cameroon called Drombaya. We did this by ‘selling’ each quilt block for a small donation. Click on the newsletter above to read about their rewarding experience. Their blog entries are available @ http://www.sewingpatches-sowingprogress.blogspot.com/