Code Breakers: Ojibwe Syllabics

By Nora Atlookan, Pauline Gagnon & Melinda Rody

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How to play

  • Start at the top left corner of the Ojibwe Syllabics chart.
  • Follow the code to get to the first syllabic.
  • Write down the syllabics and the English phonetics you land on.
  • The code continues from the last syllabics you landed on.

* Students can create their own codes to challenge each other.

Materials

  • Ojibwe Syllabics chart in plastic sleeves (Appendix A)
  • Ojibwe Code Challenge (Appendix B)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Dry-erase markers and erasers

Language in the Activity

Right – Aazhowi’I Left – Apime’I
Up – Ishpimiing Down – Niisi’I

1 – bezhig
2 – Niizhin
3 – Nisso
4 – Niiwin
5 – Naanan
6 – Ngodaasso
7 – Niizhaasso
8 – Nishaasso
9 – Zhaangasso
10 – Midaasso