2018 Ontario Curriculum

Communities in Canada: Ontario Grade 3 and 6 Social Studies Comparison

I’m so glad you’re here! You may have noticed that there are two “Communities in Canada” units in the 2023 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum, and be wondering why. In this blog post, we’ll explore the theme of “Communities in Canada” in both Grade 3 and Grade 6 so we are clear on the focus of […]

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Community Mapping: A Grade 5 Social Studies Activity

What is Community Mapping? Community Mapping is an activity that results in a map drawn to show the features of a specific community (area). In a small town the map might show the entire area. In a large city, the map is more likely to show only the local neighbourhood. A community map shows the

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Teaching a 3/4 Split Social Studies Class in Ontario? You Need to Read this Blog Post!

 Teaching a Grade 3/4 split in Ontario can be extra challenging, simply because it is also a division split.  That said, it is actually my favourite split grade (well, except perhaps for the whole EQAO thing).  Since social studies is my favourite subject, I thought it was time to talk about how to approach Strand

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3 Tips for Using Word Walls in Elementary Social Studies

I am a huge fan of word walls in any class, and have happily created walls for each math unit, science strand, and novel study I undertook.  Social studies is my particular love, though, and I find that students can struggle without concrete strategies being provided to help them master the content vocabulary.  A word

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Create Social Studies Projects that Engage Your Grades 4 to 6 Students!

  At the end of a social studies units, teachers often find themselves struggling to design a “culminating task” that is engaging for students and provides teachers with an opportunity to assess overall curriculum expectations. What makes a great culminating project or task? A culminating task or project should: address the overall curriculum expectations for

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Ontario Grade 4/5 Blended Social Studies: Strand B

Teaching a split grade always has its challenges, but it can be done less painfully than some people think!  Let’s take a look at the 2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum Strand B foci for Grades 4 and 5!   Strand B is the People and Environments strand.  This strand asks students to explore the “geographic, social,

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Teaching Canadian Government in Elementary School

  Looking for some new ideas to teach Canadian government in your Grade 4-6 social studies class?  Believe it or not, it can be engaging for both you and your students!   Check out these 3 ideas for bringing Canadian government alive in your classroom! Newspaper Article Sort  Find newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and any other current

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Making Connections in the Ontario Grade 4/5 Split Grade Social Studies Class

It’s that time of year again when split grade teachers face the challenge of organizing their social studies programs in a way that doesn’t overwhelm either themselves or their students.  I’ve written about how Grade 5/6 social studies can be approached, and today I’m hoping to help Grade 4/5 teachers look at Strand A of

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