Book a half day (3 hours) for $250 +HST or a full day (6 hours) for $400 +HST.
Dragonfly can visit one classroom, several classrooms, or combined classrooms in the library or other suitable space. Preferred group size is 20 students. Dragonfly researches your school and school community to customize delivery.
All classroom/school visits are linked to specific expectations within the Ontario curriculum, integrated across at least two subject areas, and delivered using inquiry-based strategies for teaching and learning. Activities are tailored to various learning styles. Accommodations or modifications can be arranged on request.
Below are some of Dragonfly’s most popular subjects for classroom/school visits. However, each session is custom designed at no extra cost to match your needs. Click on the + sign for full session description.
Students learn how the Cree round dance helps Indigenous peoples pass their heritage on through community celebrations and events. Students also consider some of the challenges facing Indigenous peoples and communities, and measures taken to address these challenges, such as the Idle No More movement (which used the round dance as a tool). This learning circle begins with inquiry and ends with students participating in a round dance.
Seven Sacred Teachings
Students examine the Seven Sacred Teachings – the virtues of love, respect, courage, honesty, humility, wisdom, and truth – to gain an understanding of rights and responsibilities, and how to create and maintain relationships with others. Students also learn about wampum belts and how the Haudenosaunee used wampum belts as a way to make contracts and agreements. This learning circle ends with students creating their own wampum strings, which can be used to create a classroom contract.
Indigenous Peoples in Media and Pop Culture
Students examine media and pop culture images of Indigenous peoples and cultures, examine myths and stereotypes, deconstruct loaded terms, strengthen their visual literacy skills, and develop an understanding of contemporary Indigenous realities. Students take part in a classroom debate as a culminating activity.
Indigenous Science and Medicine
Students explore Indigenous perspectives on health and wellness, the impact of human activity on the environment, the positive and negative effects of contact on Indigenous healing traditions, and plant-based science and medicine. Students participate in an herbal tea-tasting event as a culminating activity.
Hiphop: The New Oral Tradition
Students examine pre-contact oral texts and contemporary Indigenous hiphop to examine the similarities and differences between ancient and contemporary forms. As a culminating activity, students create their own identity-building poem or hiphop rhyme using a unique line-by-line process that connects them to their community, experiences, feelings, and future goals. This learning circle requires a full-day session.
In this session, students examine the Tipi Teachings of the Plains Cree. Students work together to build a scaled-down tipi relating to your choice of theme or subject.
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