Category Archives: Social Studies
The United States’ Library of Congress provides links to primary source Symbols of the United States along with a Teacher’s Guide. Teachers of other countries can use this teacher’s guide as a model to teach symbols of your country.
Teachers, access the Teacher’s Guides and Analysis Tool to use with students.
(This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.)
Canada’s Great War Album wants your story to be told. Use this link to upload pictures, letters and the story of your family member who served in World War One. Teachers, use this as an opportunity to have students write for an authentic audience and preserve history.
I have a writing job to do too. I will be sending what I have to share about my paternal grandfather and his role in WWI.
Pte. Frederick and Florence Gosney
Married January 22, 1918.
The Canada’s History site offers teachers a wealth of non-fiction, primary source documents to use with your students. There is very interesting reading about the POWs and internees of the First World War.
Read about the ingenuity of POWs and how they requested items using hidden messages and code words to help with their escape attempts from POW camps in Germany.
Use these articles as mentor texts with groups of students to work on strategies to decode the text.
Grade 5 Social Studies teachers in Ontario can find lesson resources at the Canada’s History Site. The People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship expectations can be met by what is available on this site:
- Making a Law: Students go through the motions of drafting, proposing, reading and voting for a federal law then they can apply what they have learned by proposing classroom rules for the new school year.
- Discover How Canadians Govern Themselves: the Inside View.
- Canada’s governmental system is driven by procedures, laws and conventions. Explore some of the ways that Canada’s government operates and why:
- Parliamentary Puzzle
- Follow the Bill
- Parliament In Action: A Working Day in the Senate and the House of Commons
- How the Canadian and American systems of government compare.
- P.M. Challenge
- How does Canada’s system of government assist me?
- Election time activities
- Prime Minister Profiles: 10 printable posters. Analyse the posters with your students following the Grade 5 Media Literacy expectations. Use these as models for students to research the rest of the Prime Ministers so they can create their own posters.
Canada will be celebrating National Flag Day on Sun. Feb. 15, 2015, Canada’s 50th Anniversary of our flag. Introduce this important event in Canadian history with your class and encourage them to talk about it at home. Here are some ideas to celebrate in your school or community and also some teacher ideas.