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## Archive for July, 2008

## Etasinasteki – colors

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## Pisiskowak – Animals

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## Daily morning routine in the classroom

Posted in School on July 9, 2008| Leave a Comment »

I will share you the morning routine I do daily in my classroom. Students learn to respond to the questions that I ask because we do this everyday. This routine at the start of the year lasts about 20 minutes, and as the year progresses the routine gets shorten to about 10 minutes.

Stand by the door as students are arriving. You greet and shake hands with them as they enter the classroom. Teacher greetings: Waciye(Hello), Tatawaw(welcome, there is room), Pihtakwe(come in) and the gesture of shaking hands with students. (Throughout the year students pick up the Cree words and start to respond back to you in Cree as they are entering the classroom.) Students enter the classroom and put away their jackets, boots, etc… Then they go get a book to read at their desks, until the bell rings for morning assembly.

When the bell rings, I tell the students to get up (Pasikohk) and line up at the door (Nawayikapawihk netey iskwatemihk). Students follow me to the assembly area in order and they sit where they are assigned, boys to one side facing the South-Apihtaskanohk and girls to the other facing the North-Kiweyitinohk. At assembly there is a prayer said and announcements made.

After assembly I tell the students to get up (Pasikohk) and line up here (Nawayikapawihk ota) and they follow me to the classroom in order.

In the classroom I tell all the students to sit in a circle (wasakamapihk ota awasisak) around the calendar as I point in that direction. Once the students are settled I tell them to look over my way (Otey petapihk) and say what I say (Isinawihk)

*********I point and say everything first and then the students repeat after me. We go over the date and the calendar, days of the week, numbers to 31, weather terms, ***************

**I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.**

Procedure of morning routine:

Today is Monday February 11th, 2008 – Anohc Ponayamihewkisikaw Mikisowipisim mekwac Peyakosap ehakimit Niswaw kichimitatahtomitanaw ekwa ayinanew

Then we proceed to the calendar activities; I point to the picture and syllabics of the calendar and say Mikisowipisim mekwac repeat it three times with students. Then I tell the students to count-akihchikek the days of the month that have gone by and I point to all the numbers as they are counting, Peyak(1), niso(2), nisto(3), newo(4), niyanan(5), nikotwasik(6), tepahkohk(7), ayinanew(8), kekamitataht(9), mitataht(10), peyakosap(11),and then they will count the numbers 1 to 28 (29 leap year) for the month. Peyak(1), niso(2), nisto(3), newo(4), niyanan(5), nikotwasik(6), tepahkohk(7), ayinanew(8), kekamitataht(9), mitataht(10), peyakosap(11), nisosap(12), nistosap(13), newosap(14), niyanosap(15), nikotwasap(16), tepahkohksap(17), ayinanewosap(18), kekac-nistanaw(19), nistanaw(20), nistanaw-peyakosap(21), nistanaw-nisosap(22), nistanaw-nistosap(23), nistanaw-newosap(24), nistanaw-niyanosap(25), nistanaw-nikotwasap(26), nistanaw-tepahkohksap(27), nistanaw-ayinanewsap(28), They will have been taught these numbers already and will not be using them for this month Kekac-nistomitanaw(29), nistomitanaw (30, nistomitanaw-peyakosap (31)

We then proceed to the days of the week; I use hand gestures for the Cree terminology and students learn the days quicker and with ease. We do the gestures together and say the Cree, and then we do all together the second time in English and then in Cree the third and last time.

Sunday –**Ayamihewikisikaw**

Monday –**Ponayamihewikisikaw**

Tuesday –**Nisokisikaw**

Wednesday – **Nistokisikaw**

Thursday –**Newokisikaw**

Friday –**Niyanokisikaw**

Saturday –**Nikotwasikisikaw**

As extended exercises I ask these questions in Cree:

What day was yesterday? **Kiko kisikaw otakosihk** Student response would be **Ayamihewikisikaw otakosihk**

What day is it today? **kiko kisikaw anohc** Student response would be **Ponayamihewikisikaw anohc**

What day will be tomorrow? **Kiko kisikaw wapakih** Students response would be **Niso kisikaw wapakih**

Sunny – **sakastew** Clear day – **wasaskan** It is snowing – e**mispohk, or imisponayaw**

It is cold – **ekisihk ** It is very cold – **Metoney ekisihk**

I ask the question; What is the weather like today? There are two ways to ask about the weather; **1-Tanisi esikisikak anohc, 2-Tanisisiwepan anohc**

Example of a student response would be; **Metoney ekisihk anohc**

This ends the morning routine and I tell the students to get up and I point towards their desks -Pasiskohk awasisak ekwa netey nitaw apihk kakiyaw

## Mother Earth

Posted in Mother Earth on July 9, 2008| 1 Comment »

There are a variety of interpretations for Mother Earth. In this lesson I will share with you what I have learned from a friend about her knowledge of Mother Earth. The representation of the Tipi is what I will share with you.

Mother Earth – Okawimaw askiy

Tipi is Mother Earth’s dress – oskotakey

Tipi poles are Mother Earth’s children – Otawasima

Tipi pegs are Mother Earth’s grandchildren – Osima

Tipi ground pegs are Mother Earth’s great-grandchildren – Ohcapana

The door of the tipi is the womb –matahk

Representations of the flaps at the top of the tipi:

Open flaps mean it is day time – ekisikak

Closed flaps mean it is night time – etipiskak

The basic Cree terminology is what I learned from my friend but there is also a lengthy story. Proper protocol must be used to obtain the information regarding the story.

## Days of the week

Posted in Week days on July 8, 2008| 2 Comments »

Learning the days of the week in Cree

To teach the days of the week to primary grade students I use hand gestures as I say the Cree words to the students and demonstrating to the students is always best first.

Sunday – Ayamihew kisikaw | |

Monday – Ponayamihew kisikaw | |

Tuesday –Niso kisikaw | |

Wednesday – Nisto kisikaw | |

Thursday – Newo kisikaw | |

Friday – Niyano kisikaw | |

Saturday – Nikotwasi kisikaw |

## Simple Phrases and Simple Commands

Posted in Simple phrases on July 8, 2008| Leave a Comment »

In this lesson you will learn simple phrases and simple commands.

Responses may vary in these simple phrases:

Hello – Waciye

When you are greeting in Cree the proper response would be to say “waciye” back to the person and also to shake their hand as well.

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How are you? – Tanisi kiya

When you are asked about your well being the proper response would be to say “namoya nanitaw” if you are doing fine or “kewey” doing ok. Also it is proper protocol to ask the other person about their well being “Kiya maka”-what about you?

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Who are you? – Awina kiya

Only older people ask about you, you respond by saying “niya________” you explain where you come from but you do not ask them who they are as it is inappropriate.

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Where are you from? – Tanite ohci kiya

I am from Bear Hills – Maskwacisihk ohci niya

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Where are you going? – Tanite ewi tohteyin

I am going into town – Otenahk ewi tohteyan

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Simple commands you will learn:

When you have visitors arrive at your home. Welcome come in, there is room – Tatawaw pihtakwe

Usually used when children are misbehaving Go away – awas

Used when you call to someone Come over here – astam otey

Used when you want someone to sit down, usually children Sit down here – apih ota

Used when you want someone to stand, usually children Stand up – nipawih

Used when you want someone to get up, usually children Get up – pasikoh

## Numbers to 10

Posted in Numbers on July 8, 2008| Leave a Comment »

In this lesson you will learn to count to ten in Cree. I find that counting to ten on a daily basis during circle time helps the children learn the numbers faster.

Using your fingers is the best way to learn the numbers to ten in Cree. Using manipulatives is also a good exercise in learning the numbers in Cree.

One 1 – peyak

Two 2 – niso

Three 3 – nisto

Four 4 – newo

Five 5 – niyanan

Six 6 – nikotwasik

Seven 7 – tepahkohp

Eight 8 – ayinanew

Nine 9 – kekamitataht

Ten 10 – Mitataht

Ekwa – and Mina-also Ekota isko nitakichikan – I can count up to there

Extended exercise can be Brian MacDonald’s counting song;

Peyak, niso. nisto, newo, niyanan, nikotwasik ekwa tepahkohp, ayinanew, kekamitataht mina mitataht ekota isko nitakichikan( repeat again)