Are you an Ontario Grade 4/5 teacher looking for a blended social studies unit that allows you to use both printable AND digital resources? Do you need engaging activities and lessons that don’t involve hours of preparation? This was created to meet the expectations of the revised 2018 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for Strand A:
•Grade 4: Early Societies, 3000 BCE-1500 CE
•Grade 5: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans Prior to 1713
This and bundle includes the following resources:
The printable version of the unit includes
- 17 three-part lessons
- age-appropriate student texts and activities
- assessment tools
The digital version of the unit includes:
- clickable hyperlinks
- text that is 95% editable
- movable pieces
- full-colour slides
- assessment tools
- Instruction booklet with answer keys
These two units are companion units, meaning that the same content and activities are included in both resources. This allows teachers to easily slide between in-class and virtual learning, as well as to meet the expectations of accommodated IEPs.
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.
Part 1: How Do Societies Grow?
Part 1 focuses on the big ideas of the curriculum, with the Early Aztecs being the main focus for Grade 4, while the early Six Nations are explored by Grade 5. It explores:
►Cause & Consequence
►How to Ask Good Questions
►Beliefs and Religions
►Geography & Mapping
Part 1 includes a “flipbook” in which students record their learning as the unit progresses.
Part 2: How Do Societies Change?
Part 2 was written to address the specific expectations that were included in the 2018 curriculum honouring the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision. With that focus in mind, this unit concentrates on the experiences of the First Nation, Inuit and Metis cultures in the area of what would eventually become Canada. The Grade 4 curriculum now asks students to learn about “at least one First Nation and one Inuit society” while the Grade 5 curriculum includes the experiences of the Metis society.
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
What will I need to assign this resource to my students?
You will require:
❶ Access to the internet
❷ A Google Drive Account
Can you tell me a little more about the 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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