Aboriginal Perspectives


Read and Write Numerals

Jessica Wesaquate

Subject Area:



Number (Number concepts)

Grade Level:



Main Objective:

Students will be able to use numbers to describe quantities and represent numbers in multiple ways.

General Outcome:

Develop a number sense for whole numbers 0 to 1000, and explore fractions (fifths and tenths).

Specific Outcomes:

  1. Round numbers to the nearest hundred.

  2. Read and write numerals to 100.

  3. Read and write number words to 100.


Activity Three:
Tim Haywahe tipi raising still images

Activity/Lesson Ideas:

  1. Jay’s mom wants to bake bannock for every student that Jay goes to school with. At Jay’s school there is 283 students. How many packages of 100 raisins must be purchased so each student can get one raisin in their piece of bannock?

  2. While the Plains Indians roamed the Plains in what is now called Saskatchewan, so did many animals. Animals were seen as equal as human beings and were respected. Take a look at the speeds of these animals and rewrite each, changing numerals into number words and number words into numerals:

    Animal: Speed (mph):

    • Elk forty miles per hour
    • Coyote 43 miles per hour
    • Rabbit thirty-five miles per hour
    • Deer 30 miles per hour
  3. Take a look at the Tim Haywahe tipi raising still images. Read the following sentences about the Tim Haywahe tipi raising and substitute the number words into numerals:

    1. The first three poles that are raised in a tipi rising is called the tripod.
    2. There were fifteen girls that helped Tim and his son put up a tipi.
    3. There were two males that taught the girls how to erect a tipi.