Are you a busy Ontario Grade 5/6 teacher looking for a painless way to seamlessly teach ONE social studies lesson to both grades? Would having options make your days easier? Check out this , created to meet the 2018 Social Studies expectations! This bundle is perfect for distance or hybrid learning situations, and/or to allow students on accommodated IEPs to use technology while working on the same tasks as the rest of the class.
► Grade 5/6 Strand A: Printable Unit
► Grade 5/6 Strand A: Digital Unit
►Grade 5/6 Strand B: Printable Unit
► Grade 5/6 Strand B: Digital Unit
Each strand includes:
✔ Full lesson plans (Printable Version only)
✔ Grade-Level Appropriate Student Text Pages
✔ Student Tasks and Templates
✔ Links to Appropriate Websites and Videos
✔ Answer Keys
✔ Assessment Tools
✔ Editable Text (Digital Version only)
This unit blends the big ideas of the Strand A social studies expectations from the following 2 units:
Grade 5: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans Prior to 1713
Grade 6: Communities in Canada, Past and Present
Fourteen detailed 3-part lessons are included in this resource, with each lesson taking either 1 or 2 class periods to complete.
1. What is the Canadian Identity?
2. How Do the Features of a Community Contribute to Its Identity?
3. Why Do People Live in Certain Communities?
4. Where Have Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Lived?
5. What Are Treaty Territories?
6. What Are Primary and Secondary Sources?
7. How Do Maps Show Patterns & Trends?
8. What Are Interrelationships?
9. How Have Canadians Solved Problems?
10. What Makes an Event Significant?
11. What are Causes and Consequences?
12. Why Do People Have Different Perspectives?
13. Whose Perspectives Are Loudest?
14. Metis and Inuit Peoples
Culminating Activity: Debate
This unit blends the big ideas of the Strand B social studies expectations from the following 2 units:
Grade 5: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
Grade 6: Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community
1. What is a “Right”?
2. Introducing the Issues
3. Defining National and Global Issues
4. Levels of Government | NGOs
5. Creating Expert Groups
6. Asking Good Questions
7. Gathering & Organizing Information
9. Signficance of an Issue
10. Significant Issues in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
11. What is Significant?
12. Causes and Consequences, Part 1
13. Causes and Consequences, Part 2
14. Patterns and Trends (Canada’s Refugee History)
16. Perspectives, Part 1
17. Perspectives, Part 2
18. Exploring Perspectives on our Issues/Culminating Task Part 1
19. Exploring Perspectives on our Issues/Culminating Task Part 2
The entire unit revolves around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as students explore how these rights are protected or violated in Canada and in the global community.
Teachers are able to teach ONE lesson to both grades, using an inquiry approach. Both grades examine how governments, organizations and individuals are active participants who deal with important issues.
Students and teacher learn together about
• the issues surrounding the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
• how the Canadian government and NGOs deal with these issues on the global stage (meeting Grade 6 expectations).
• how federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal governments, groups and individual citizens work together to help the Syrian refugees who have come to settle in Canada (Grade 5 expectations).
Students then form Expert Groups to examine other issues. Both Grade 5 and Grade 6 students look at the overall themes of
b) Clean Water
c) Disaster Response
However, Grade 5 students explore how Canada and Canadians respond to the topic within Canada (ie. First Nations Water Issues) while the Grade 6 students explore the same topic internationally (ie. Clean Water for Haiti). A 7th topic, Covid-19, is new to the unit, and can be used by either grade or as an “enrichment-level” topic .
Frequently Asked Questions:
What will I need to assign the digital versions of these resources to my students?
You will require:
❶ Access to the internet
❷ A Google Drive Account
Why should I want BOTH the printable and digital versions of these units?
✔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.
✔ Having both versions allows teachers to meet the needs of students whose IEP allows them to use technology for assignments while still working on the same tasks as the rest of the class.
Can I edit this resource?
Only the digital version of these units can be edited. 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 digital 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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