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Ilinniatitsiguti Lesson Example


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Arctic Char Anatomy

A science lesson plan in Inuktitut for children in grades 2, 3 and 4.


This lesson plan provides some ideas and resources to make the common activity of -preparing Arctic Char- an opportunity to learn more about Inuktitut vocabulary that describes fish anatomy with your children.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this lesson, children will -know Inuktitut words- to describe some parts of the Arctic Char and -be able to identify them- as they -help their parents prepare the fish-.


  1. Before you start -preparing the Arctic Char- with your child, -observe- this anatomical drawing. Using your own knowledge and this -resource-, teach your child the Inuktitut words that describe fish anatomy.

    Depending on the age or your child, you can choose parts that are easier to recognize, such as the gills and the fins, or more difficult such as the hearth and the brain.
  1. Using a marker, trace a grid on a piece of cardboard. Ask your child to -name- the Inuktitut words that describe the anatomy of the Arctic Char he or she -knows-. Ask him or her to -write- these down on the cardboard and provide help if needed.
  1. As you prepare the fish with, ask your child to -identify and name- in Inuktitut the different parts of the Arctic Char that were just learned. These parts can be placed in the corresponding space on the cardboard. Take a picture and use it later to review the vocabulary!

To take this lesson further:

  • Try to find the otolith (ear bones) to determine the age of the fish.
  • Open the stomach. You might see what the fish ate.



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