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The Giving Tree

A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story about Giving and Receiving

Elementary

Description

The Giving Tree is a story that focuses on the Métis traditions and way of life. It is set in present day with a grandfather telling the story of the giving tree to his grandson.  The story emphasizes the core values of the Métis people while explaining why the tree was given its name. Within the book there is a chart explaining the 12 core values as well as the three fold Métis decision making model.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

There are numerous activities that could be completed with this book after a thorough reading and discussion, such as:

  • The students could recreate one of Leah Dorion's paintings from the book.
  • The students could create their own leaf for a collaborative class giving tree display.  Each leaf could represent one of the 12 core Métis values.
  • The students could create puppets and props in order to perform a reenactment of the story.
  • The students could rewrite the story from a different perspective such as an animal that used the tree or another traveler.
  • The class could create a large spinner of the core values.  Each day a new core value could be selected via spinning and it would become the focus for the day.
  • Students could create their own giving tree by writing and illustrating what they would leave for others and describing why they would leave those items.
  • The class could create their own giving tree (basket) filled with items that others may find useful: extra mittens, spoons and forks for lunches, extra snacks, etc.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Indigenous Knowledge (1)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews