Grade 4/5 teachers, do you need a low-prep social studies unit that engages your students while letting you teach BOTH grades at the same time? This Google Slides resource contains 15 activities that will help you use the big ideas of the 2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for to cover both grade expectations simultaneously.
NOTE: This digital edition contains the same texts and tasks as the original printable version, but does NOT contain the three-part lesson plans from the original version. Where appropriate, I have included some teacher notes with slides that could benefit from some explanation.
You can check out the original, printable unit here.
Which Units Are Covered?
• Grade 4:
• Grade 5:
- Early Aztecs
- Medieval England
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient China
- Ancient Rome
- Early Inuit
- European Settlers
What Does This Digital Resource Allow My Students to Do?
- use Google Read and Write to listen to texts
- type responses directly onto the slides
- access hyperlinks to relevant websites and videos
- copy and paste where applicable
- built upon existing tech skills.
How Can I Use This Resource with BOTH grades?
The blended format of this resource allows teachers to teach one lesson to both grades, while still meeting the curriculum expectations in a structured manner. The societies looked at for each grade level are different, but are explored in similar manners. While you may want to use a variety of supplemental materials, this resource contains student-friendly texts for each lesson.
What Topics are Explored?
1. Causes and Consequences
2. What Do We Know About Early Societies?
4. Introduction to Early Societies Timeline
5. Cause and Consequence in Early Societies
6. Asking Questions
7. Spotlight Communities
8. Beliefs and Religions in Early Societies
9. Daily Life
10. How Were People Organized in Early Societies
11. Continuity and Change
12. Mapping New Communities
13. What is Significant About a Society
14. Asking Questions – Chat Stations
15. Residential Schools/Gathering Resources
16. Becoming Experts
This resource allows students to develop their understanding of the following Concepts of Social Studies Thinking as they explore how societies changed as a result of European influences, and how societies are alike and different from each other and from our lives today:
►Continuity and Change
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 5 Strand A Social Studies bundle. 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).
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