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Unit Title: Exploring British Columbia’s Geography and Indigenous Cultures

Grade Level: 6

Subject: Social Studies

Curriculum: British Columbia Curriculum

Unit Overview: In this unit, students will explore the geography of British Columbia and learn about the diverse Indigenous cultures that have shaped the province. They will develop an understanding of the physical features, climate, and natural resources of British Columbia, as well as the historical and contemporary significance of Indigenous cultures. Through a variety of activities, discussions, and projects, students will develop critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, and an appreciation for the rich heritage of British Columbia.

Unit Duration: Approximately 4-6 weeks

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, students will be able to: 1. Identify and describe the major physical features of British Columbia. 2. Explain the impact of geography on the climate and natural resources of British Columbia. 3. Recognize and appreciate the diversity of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. 4. Understand the historical and contemporary significance of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. 5. Analyze the relationship between the geography and Indigenous cultures of British Columbia.

Assessment: - Class discussions and participation - Written reflections and journal entries - Group projects and presentations - Quizzes and tests - Culminating project: Create a digital presentation showcasing a specific Indigenous culture in British Columbia, including its history, traditions, and contributions to the province.

Lesson 1: Introduction to British Columbia’s Geography - Introduce the unit and its objectives. - Discuss the major physical features of British Columbia (mountains, rivers, coastline, etc.). - Use maps and visuals to help students visualize the geography of the province. - Assign a small research project where students create a poster or infographic highlighting the physical features of British Columbia.

Lesson 2: Climate and Natural Resources - Explore the impact of geography on the climate and natural resources of British Columbia. - Discuss the different climate zones in the province and their characteristics. - Investigate the various natural resources found in British Columbia (forests, minerals, fisheries, etc.). - Conduct a class debate on the responsible use and conservation of natural resources.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Indigenous Cultures - Introduce the concept of Indigenous cultures and their significance in British Columbia. - Discuss the diversity of Indigenous cultures in the province. - Explore the traditional territories and languages of different Indigenous groups. - Engage in a cultural exchange activity where students share and learn about different Indigenous traditions.

Lesson 4: Historical Significance of Indigenous Cultures - Examine the historical significance of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. - Discuss the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities. - Analyze primary and secondary sources to understand the experiences of Indigenous peoples during colonization. - Watch documentaries or read literature that highlight the resilience and contributions of Indigenous cultures.

Lesson 5: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures - Explore the contemporary significance of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia. - Discuss the efforts of Indigenous communities to preserve their traditions and revitalize their languages. - Invite guest speakers from local Indigenous communities to share their experiences and knowledge. - Engage in a hands-on activity, such as traditional crafts or storytelling, to further understand Indigenous cultures.

Lesson 6: Culminating Project Presentations - Provide time for students to work on their culminating project. - Students present their digital presentations showcasing a specific Indigenous culture in British Columbia. - Encourage peer feedback and discussion after each presentation. - Reflect on the unit as a whole and discuss the importance of understanding and respecting Indigenous cultures.

Note: This unit plan is a general outline and can be modified to suit the specific needs and resources of your classroom.