Are you a Grade 6 Ontario teacher looking for an engaging digital social studies resource for Strand B: Canada’s Interactions in the Global Community? This comprehensive low-prep unit was created in Google Slides™️, and is perfect for distance learning OR for students needing extra accommodations. This unit intended to support the revised 2018 Ontario Grade 6 Social Studies Curriculum, and supports an inquiry-based approach as students develop guiding questions and work in “Expert Groups” to investigate and develop their understanding of Canada’s role in the global community.
NOTE: This digital resource is a companion unit for my original printable version. The digital version does NOT contain the full 3-part lesson plans that are included in the original version. You can check out the original version here:
This unit is ALSO available as a printable + digital bundle, available here:
This unit is structured so that the topic of International Trade is explored by both teacher and students together as the teacher also introduces the Concepts of Social Studies Thinking and the Social Studies Inquiry Process skills as outlined in the Ontario Curriculum. The students then apply these concepts and skills as they investigate other issues in their “Expert Groups”, with each group going in-depth with a particular issue. There are 7 issues included in this resource, although you could certainly have students explore other issues using the same format:
❶ Asian Tsunami
➁ Climate Change
❸ COVID-19 Pandemic
➃ Food Scarcity
❺ Haiti Earthquake
➅ HIV/AIDS in Africa
❼ Invasive Species
Students participate in Knowledge Building Circles where groups share their learning with each other, challenging ideas and making connections between Canada’s responses to these various issues. Students exploring how our country has responded to the 2004 tsunami, for example, can see what, if anything had changed by the time Canada became involved with the 2010 response to the earthquake in Haiti. There is a strong social justice component of this unit, as students learn about issues such as child labour and fair trade, and the role that Canada has played in addressing such global issues.
This unit allows students to organize their learning as they create a Global Issues Flipbook, which they will personalize in a manner that shows each student’s unique path through the inquiry process.
Included in Unit:
• 16 Components
• Age-appropriate student texts
• Clickable links to videos and websites
• Global Issues Flipbook templates with student examples
• Assessment tools
• Mapping activities
• Extra tips for teachers
☆★ Please carefully explore the preview file for this resource ★☆
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will I need to assign this resource to my students?
You will require:
❶ Access to the internet
❷ A Google Drive Account
I already own your original Grade 6 unit for . Why should I consider purchasing this digital version?
✔The digital resources completely align with the regular units. This makes it extremely easy to meet IEP accommodations for specific students with little effort on your part.
✔ The digital resources are paperless, which is perfect if your school administrator is asking you to cut down on photocopying!
✔ The saturated, full-colour interactive slides are engaging for students.
✔ It’s easy to implement with distance learning.
✔ It’s just fun to use!
Can I edit this resource?
I have left 95% of the texts in editable form for two reasons:
➀ to ensure that students are able to use Google Read & Write with the activities.
➁ to allow teachers to edit texts and tasks when they feel it suitable for their class or to address IEP accommodations for specific students.
How do I collect student work?
Your students will simply complete their own copies of the lessons, and turn it into your platform (ie. Google Classroom).
My school board won’t allow direct access to my board Google Drive Account. How can I work around this?
If your school board doesn’t allow direct access, you can either use a personal Google Drive account and then share the folder with your board account OR contact me directly and I can provide forced copy links for you. The easier of those two options is to use a personal Google Drive account!
I have additional questions. Can I email you directly?
Yes, you are welcome to email me directly at:
As always, you can use the Q & A section on any of my product pages to reach me as well.