The Circle of Life leveled Readers by Nelson
Getting Ready for the Feast (pictured above) is a Level 1 Reader included in the Circle of Life leveled-reader series. The inside cover includes background cultural details about feasts, high-frequency words, vocabulary, and thematic focus. The back cover includes Before, During and After prompts and questions to guide the teacher.
If you are teaching in Southern Ontario and looking to learn about the Nations we share the land with alongside your students, I love these readers!
- To develop them, Nelson partnered with the Indigenous Education Coalition "a nonprofit education organization in Southern Ontario comprised of 12 communities that include Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Lenape Nations as well as two Friendship Centres."
- All have beautiful illustrations or real images of contemporary Indigenous folks going about their daily life, which is crucial to counter the idea that many in our society (including our students!) carry that Indigenous peoples are "stuck in the past."
- The books give you and your students plenty of scaffolding as you dive in!