Looking for some new ideas to teach Canadian government in your Grade 4-6 social studies class? Believe it or not, it can be engaging for both you and your students!
Newspaper Article Sort
Distribute the print resources you have to students, and ask them to cut out and sort any articles in which a level of government might be involved. Once completed, take one level and discuss the various issues students found that might be handled by that government. Repeat with the other two levels of government. If you wanted to take the learning further, you could proceed with the next strategy, which is…..Community Mapping.
- Community Features: Class makes a chart of buildings, features and services that people might expect when moving to a new community.
- Community Walk:Class takes a walk through the community, looking for the buildings services, and features from their chart, as well as identifying issues in the community.
- Community Mapping: Students return to class. Each student or pair of students creates a “bird-eye” view map of the community.
- Community Issues: Students discuss and chart the community features they noticed, using their maps as a reference tool. They then create a 2nd “Issues” chart, noting where the community could benefit from some improvements.
- Choosing Community Action Focus: Have students form groups. Each group chooses ONE “issue” from the community for which they will create an action plan to address. For example, in the “Issues” chart below, one group might decide to take on the lack of a municipal pool, and create their plan to approach the municipal country to address the lack of a splash pad or pool.
- Community Action Plan: Students make a plan for doing further research, contacting local officials, planning a publicity session…..the options are endless!