I hope everyone has had a great beginning to the school year, and are getting a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had today.
Last week I shared my thoughts concerning how it is possible to teach the People and Environments strand of the revised 2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum in a combined Grade 5/6 class, and today I’ll be turning my attention to how the Heritage and Identity strand might be approached. Two weeks ago a teacher emailed me looking for a way to handle this strand in her class, and in looking closely at the two units, here is how I responded:
Coach’s Corner Split Grade 5/6 Strand A Social Studies Units:
I have used the “big ideas” of the curriculum, the “Concepts of Social Studies Thinking”, and other professional resources as I created a split grade 5/6 unit for Strand A: Heritage and Identity, and uploaded it to my Coach’s Corner TPT store! In putting my split grade units together, I always use a “blended” approach. This means that a teacher can teach one lesson to both grades together, and then have each grade read texts or engage in similar activities related to the big ideas of the lesson. No more running between grades!