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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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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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Ontario Grade 5/6 Science: Life Systems Culminating Projects

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

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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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A Look at Split Grade 5/6 Social Studies Strand B: People & Environments

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.                

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