Are you a Grade 3/4 French Immersion teacher looking for an engaging Strand A social studies unit? It IS possible to teach the Grade 3 Communities in Canada, 1780-1850 AND the Grade 4 Early Societies to 1500 using purposeful activities without having to jump back and forth between grades!
This Life in Early Communities resource meets the expectations from the , using the big ideas to blend both units together. That means you can teach one lesson to both grades, and then each grade can explore the big ideas using parallel texts and tasks!
Note: This digital product was created in Google Slides, and is a “companion” resource for my original printable Grade 3/4 Ontario Social Studies: Life in Early Communities, which is available here:
This digital companion unit does NOT contain the full 3-part lesson plans that are in the original printable version.
What content is covered?
► Both grade levels will learn about early First Nations groups in Canada.
► Grade 3s will also learn about the Metis and early European settlers to Canada.
► Grade 4s will also explore Canada’s early Inuit population, as well as life in Medieval England.
✔ Grade-Level Appropriate Editable Student Text Pages
✔ Editable Student Tasks and Templates
✔ Clickable Links to Appropriate Websites and Videos
✔ Instruction Booklet with Answer Keys
✔ Assessment Tools
✔ Culminating Task with success criteria, rubric, and sample
What Lessons are Included?
1. Unit Provocations
2. Maps and Globes
3. World Maps
5. First Nations Communities
6. Natural Resources
7. Metis & Inuit
8. Community Locations
9. Social Organization
10. Shelter/Asking Questions
11. Food/Role of Men, Women, and Children
12. Introduction of Diorama Culminating Task
13. Environmental Challenges to Survival
14. Cooperation and Conflict
16. Clothing Chat Stations
17. Technology and Tools
Check out my blog post about how to teach Strand A in a Grade 3/4 split here!
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 3/4 Strand B Social Studies unit. 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 them into your platform (ie. Google Classroom).
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