I’ve been hearing from many teachers lately concerned about how to keep their sanity while trying to handle the 2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum in a split grade, and as I have rarely taught a straight grade, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the topic.
- Grade 5: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
- Grade 6: Canada’s Interactions with the Global Economy
- The Grade 5’s are basically looking at social & environmental issues within our country, seeing how various levels of government handle these issues, and then go on to explore how they themselves can influence how decisions are made through their own activism.
- The Grade 6’s are also looking at social & environmental issues (and adding on political & economic issues), but this time within the entire world, and seeing how Canadian governments, governments from other countries, and NGOs handle these issues. Instead of creating their own action plans, they go on to explore Canada’s international presence within various organizations.
In a Grade 5/6 split I see the potential here to perhaps keep the focus on social and environmental issues, such as child poverty or the protection & availability of clean water within Canada as well as within the world.
Coach’s Corner Split Grade Strand B Blended Unit: