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MPS Indian Education works diligently to provide classroom teachers with culturally relevant and appropriate lesson plans that incorporate interdisciplinary subjects from an Indigenous lens. Our Licensed Teachers on staff have aligned the Minnesota State Standards to match up to each cultural lesson, as well as Cultural Standards that implement an Indigenous pedagogical worldview. 

We encourage classroom teachers to use these lesson plans available here:

  • Rockin' to Indigenous Music Lesson to understand American Indian music, focus on grades 3-5.
  • Walking the Good Path Designed for Pre K classrooms to implement the Seven Grandfather Teachings into their daily routine. 
  • Lunar Energy in Native Culture Teachers using this lesson plan have the opportunity to bring the cultural knowledge of moon phases from a traditional Ojibwe worldview, focus grades K-2. Integration: Science, Social Studies and Mathematics
  • Freshwater Ecosystems Teachers using this lesson plan have the opportunity to bring the cultural knowledge of the importance of fresh water biomes in Native culture, focus for grades K-2. Integration: Science and Social Studies 
  • Jingle Dress Teachings Teachers using this lesson plan have the opportunity to bring the cultural knowledge of the healing Jingle Dres, focus on grades K-2. Integration: Math, Literacy, and Social Studies
  • Help From the Animals Lesson to understand how animals are reflected in Ojibwe star knowledge, focus on Social Studies and Geography grades 3-5.
  • Plotting the Stars Lesson to help students understand how to map stars in the sky. Social Studies and Language Arts focusing on grades 6-8.
  • Sacred Stories In Ojibwe culture, the winter season is the time to share Creation Stories. Explore this lesson to understand sacred stories, focuses on Social Studies, Math and English grades 9-10
  • Biboon Whodunit Lesson explores animal tracking. Integration in Science, English, and Math grades 4-8.
  • Ojibwe Clan System Lesson explores the societal system of the Ojibwe clan kinship system. Integration in Social Studie and Science grades K-2.
  • Snowshoes Explore the traditional travel method of Indigenous tribal groups in the snow. Implementation Science in grades 4-6