Language Blocks

Language blocks can be used in a variety of ways. 

  • One block could be used in large groups.  For example, ask the students a full sentence such as, ‘which animal is this?’ and then toss the block randomly and expect the children to answer with, ‘this is a bear’.  The learner would then toss the block to someone else asking the question, ‘which animal is this?’

  • They can be used as pairs of blocks to work on word order.  For example, put the pictures of the pronouns you want to work on (I, you, we, we more than two etc.) in one block and then the emotion cards in another block.  Students would roll the two blocks to put the sentence together such as, ‘we are angry’ or ‘she is tired’.  If students have the word order wrong in the sentence you can move the block so that it’s correct in your language.

  • All three blocks can be used to help build complex sentences.    For example, put the pictures of the pronouns in one, activities in another and places in the community in the third.  Learners will have to roll the blocks and whatever pictures show up put the sentences together such as, ‘we walked to the store’ or ‘they snowshoed to the school’.


The language block bin has 12 sets of cards in envelopes.  If you lose any of the cards you can print from the pictures below. You can also print your own cards for any vocabulary and themes.

Verbs to read with Pronoun

Prepositions of Place

0 to 5 People


Kick/toss Actions

Places in the Community






Arctic Animals


SubArctic Animals


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Making Fire

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Mindy Willett

Social Studies and Northern Studies Coordinator

Early Childhood & School Services

Ph (867) 767-9342 Ext. 71297

Judy Whitford

Indigenous Languages and Culture Coordinator

Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat

Phone:  867-9346, ext. 71038

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