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” […]
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
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,
In 2018 the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum was revised, but do you know the reasons behind this revision? Check out this blog post to learn why Strand A: Heritage and Identity was the focus of the revision, and why some grade levels had no changes made to the Ontario Social Studies Curriculum at all! Find
When planning any unit I love to use “backwards design”, meaning that I go through the following process: 1. Determine the big ideas I want students to understand by the end of the unit. 2. Design a culminating task that allows students to demonstrate their understanding of those big ideas. 3. Planning lessons that allow
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
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.