social studies

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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Tips for Teaching the Concepts of Social Studies Thinking

Understanding Social Studies Thinking Concepts: A Guide for Teachers Based on Ontario’s Social Studies Curriculum If you’re not sure how to teach the “Concepts of Social Studies Thinking” to your junior-level class, you’re not alone. The key thing to remember is that Social Studies is more than just remembering dates and facts! Students need to

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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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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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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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