Storytelling in Schools
Ojibwemowin Environmental Education Curriculum by Deanne Himango
Keywords: elementary school, middle school, high school
The purpose of this study is to develop an Ojibwe language (Ojibwemowin)-based environmental curriculum focused on the traditional methods of learning through storytelling for Native American students. The curriculum incorporates traditional stories translated into Ojibwemowin related to each environmental unit of instruction. There are four units: (1) introduction, (2) water, (3) earth, (4) air. Each unit includes a statement of desired outcomes, specification of objectives, criteria for the assessment of learning, student skills gained and topics learned, teaching materials and teaching strategies. In addition, the curriculum meets the American Indian Learner Outcomes and the Minnesota State Graduation Standards.
This curriculum will be beneficial to schools interested in developing science programs and services for Native American students. This curriculum will also fulfill a desired need to tribal schools by providing curriculum resources that have a foundation in science while incorporating Ojibwemowin and the traditional Ojibwe methods of teaching.
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