Canadian Government

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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3 Tips for Teaching Ontario Grade 3/4 Social Studies (Strand B) Easily

I’ve spent most of my career as an Ontario teacher in split-grade classrooms, and I’m always looking for strategies and activities to make teaching two curriculums easier.   It doesn’t have to be a messy, time-consuming process….at least for social studies! Grade 3/4 Strand B:  People and Environments Strand B is generally the “geography and government”

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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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Free Virtual Class Field Trips….for When You Can’t Actually Visit in Person

  I’m writing this blog post in Spring 2021, when my home province of Ontario is in lockdown, and schools are once again virtual.  Like many school districts across the world, planning a real field trip involving school buses and permission slips is not possible this year, so teachers are looking for alternatives.   A virtual

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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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