Canadian Social Studies Elementary Activities

Social Studies middle school and social studies elementary topics and ideas. If you have ever wondered – “what is social studies?”, look no further! I love…
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For 135 years, Japanese Canadian women have led the battle against racism and sexism by showing excellence in all aspects of daily life. Explore the stories of these six leaders.

Biographies

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Connecting Canada

Confederation and the CPR

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If you've been looking for a fresh way to get students thinking outside the box, this may be just what you need.

Instructional Techniques

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March 24, 2011 Open Letter to Canadian politicians, My name is Ta'Kaiya Blaney. I am 10-years-old. I live in North Vancouver and am from the Sliammon Nation....
Activity Plans - Great Bear Rainforest Education and Awareness Trust
MAN vs EARTH - YouTube

Natural Resources & Sustainability

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World Digital Library - Lots of Primary Sources
We have been talking a lot about how war hurts everyone involved. Today we talked about the victims of atomic bombings and made paper cranes in honour of Sadako Sasaki. After much effort everyone was successful (even me. Three of my girls taught the kids and I). We were going to string the cranes up as reminders to work for peace, but most of the kiddos wanted to take them home. #peacemakers #sadako #peace #papercranes #socialstudies #iteachfifth
I wanted to share this so the teachers out there can plan ahead for the coming week as we approach Veterans’ Day. On this Veterans’ Day, let’s pay tribute to the women and men of color in our country’s military. Many of their sacrifices and accounts of their bravery have been overlooked and overshadowed by the dominant narrative in the US. Many people are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, but what about the Harlem Hellfighters? The Navajo Code Talkers famously helped the US military during WWI

World History

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Quick concise version of Canadian history + colonial/Indigenous relations
fur trade
Louis-Henri de Baugy (died 1720), known as Chevalier de Baugy, was from a noble family in the French province of Berry. He arrived in Canada in October 1682. He served as aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Denonville in his 1687 campaign against the Senecas, one of the Iroquois nations hostile to the French. Baugy left a detailed account of this expedition, during which the French and their Indian allies ransacked four enemy villages, including their cornfields. Presented here is an 1883 edition...

Early Contact

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Equity vs. Equality is an important social justice concept to teach at an early age! This article and these case studies are a great way to engage students in meaningful discussions about equity, equality, and social justice. #SocialJusticeforKids #SocialStudies #CanadianTeachers #SocialJusticeResources #SocialJustice
Equity vs. Equality is an important social justice concept to teach at an early age! This article and these case studies are a great way to engage students in meaningful discussions about equity, equality, and social justice. #SocialJusticeforKids #SocialStudies #CanadianTeachers #SocialJusticeResources #SocialJustice
The difference between equity and equality is a fundamental social justice concept that elementary-aged students can easily learn. This resource includes a short reading passage that explains why equity and equality are different and asks students to summarize what they have learned and provide an e...

Activism, Human Rights, Social Justice

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FREE Printable Blank Maps Repinned by Chesapeake College Adult Ed. Free classes on the Eastern Shore of MD to help you earn your GED - H.S. Diploma or Learn English (ESL). www.Chesapeake.edu
And finally, here's what happens when you place the 10 largest countries in the world next to each other on the equator.
Free Continents & Oceans Printables #homeschool

Geography

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These Canadian social studies worksheets are great for teaching middle schoolers about Japanese Canadian history! Students will learn about the Japanese Canadian community's fight for voting rights before diving into primary source analysis. A print-and-go resource that actually encourages higher-level thinking!
Larissa | Grade 5 teacher (@inquiringintermediates) • Instagram photos and videos
Looking for activities about treatment of minority peoples in Canada? These Acadia learning stations will teach students about the Acadian expulsion. They also include information about Francophone cultural festivals and celebrations in Canada for a perfect tie-in to Core French! Students will learn about one of the communities where French is spoken in Canada. They will also listen to music and dance to experience works of art from a French Canadian cultural group!

Racial/Ethnic Minorities - minority peoples

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Primary resources can help bring history to life for students. Make the most of first-hand accounts and other primary source content with tools such as the National Archives' Digital Vaults, video tour included.
30+ Ways to Teach History Without a Textbook
These tips could be used with Microsoft Forms too.

Lesson & Instructional Strategies

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Promotional posters for settlement of the Canadian prairies.
Promotional posters for settlement of the Canadian prairies.
Promotional posters for settlement of the Canadian prairies.

Last Best West

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Fact or #fakenews? Now I prefer "disinformation" and "misinformation", but I still like the steps in this poster.

Media Literacy

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Larissa (@inquiringintermediates) • Instagram photos and videos
Fought for the rights of women with Indian Status to keep that status after marrying someone who did not have status. Woman's history - women's rights - women's identity outside of their husbands - racial identity - cultural identity - Canadian feminism
Coast Salish tradition - art lesson and culture

Aboriginal History & Indigenous Rights

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Teaching sports history is a great way to engage your students in social studies content! A FREE article for Canadian teachers with questions that require students to create a timeline and explore cause and effect. Perfect for grade 4, grade 5, and middle schoolers! #SportsHistory #Canadianhistory #BlackHistory #SocialStudies #CanadianTeachers
Book recommendations for Black History Month Canada and in the USA. Check the instagram post for details! Photo by Larissa on February 10, 2020.
Canadian Black History Month texts can be hard to find! Check out this teacher blog post for a list of Black history month biographies about important Canadians. Use them as read-alouds and to diversify your classroom library! These picture books are perfect for elementary and middle school classrooms.

Black History and Black Lives Matter #BLM

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A TON of resources (some you can order and have shipped to your school) for FREE about government in Canada. Perfect!
Student vote! This is a great way to get students talking with their families about politics.
Our Electoral System - YouTube

Government & Elections

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Equity vs. Equality is an important social justice concept to teach at an early age! This article and these case studies are a great way to engage students in meaningful discussions about equity, equality, and social justice. #SocialJusticeforKids #SocialStudies #CanadianTeachers #SocialJusticeResources #SocialJustice
This 19-Year-Old TikToker Is Teaching Really Important Lessons About How Autism Presents In Women
Universal Design for Learning - a video to show kids how schools can become more accessible.

Disabilities - minority peoples

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Teaching about Japanese-Canadian internment? Don't forget to include information about the Japanese Canadian community before and after WWII too! This mini bundle includes information about how the Japanese-Canadian community fought for voting rights as well as information about the internment (forced relocation) years. Canadian Social Studies, Middle School Social Studies, Teaching Government, Social Studies Middle School, Social Studies Elementary, Elementary Activities, Canadian History, Primary Sources, Grade 5
Japanese-Canadian internment resources for grade 5
Teaching about Japanese-Canadian internment? Don't forget to include information about the Japanese Canadian community before and after WWII too! This mini bundle includes information about how the Japanese-Canadian community fought for voting rights as well as information about the internment (forced relocation) years.
Canadian History Canadian social studies + ELa Learn about Japanese Canadians and their fight for voting rights! The image features three Japanese Canadian history worksheets about Japanese Canadians fighting for the right to vote. In the background, there are maple leaves. Persuasive Techniques, Social Studies Worksheets, Social Studies Activities
Canada's treatment of minority peoples: Japanese Canadian voting rights
Teaching about Canada's treatment of minority peoples? This Canadian social studies activity about Japanese Canadian voting rights is the perfect blend of history and ELA! Students explore a timeline of the Japanese-Canadian community's struggle for voting rights. Then, they analyse persuasive techniques that Japanese Canadians used while trying to argue for their right to the franchise. A great cross-curricular activity for upper elementary or middle school!
the canadian social studies and ela textbook, with an image of two books on it
Japanese Canadian Internment - Famous Canadians
Teaching Japanese Canadian internment or Japanese Canadian history? These Canadian history articles about famous Canadian activist and teacher Hideko Hyodo Shimizu are perfect! Combine social studies and English (ELA) for cross-curricular lessons!
a red, white and blue house with the words acadia social studies and core french stations
CANADIAN Social Studies Stations!
Looking for activities about treatment of minority peoples in Canada? These Acadia learning stations will teach students about the Acadian expulsion. They also include information about Francophone cultural festivals and celebrations in Canada for a perfect tie-in to Core French! Students will learn about one of the communities where French is spoken in Canada. They will also listen to music and dance to experience works of art from a French Canadian cultural group!
an open notebook with some sort of checklist on it's side and the words, all sources are not created
Jill Weber and historical thinking bootcamp
Jill Weber and historical thinking bootcamp | History Tech
a red, white and blue house with the words acadia social studies and core french stations
CANADIAN Social Studies Stations!
Looking for activities about treatment of minority peoples in Canada? These Acadia learning stations will teach students about the Acadian expulsion. They also include information about Francophone cultural festivals and celebrations in Canada for a perfect tie-in to Core French! Students will learn about one of the communities where French is spoken in Canada. They will also listen to music and dance to experience works of art from a French Canadian cultural group!
social studies worksheets for japanese canadian history with text overlaying the image
Social studies worksheets for Japanese Canadian history
Teach your middle school social studies classes about Japanese Canadian history! With this resource, students will experience the history of anti-Asian voting laws and how Japanese Canadians fought back. A perfect resource for middle school social studies in Canada!
These Canadian social studies worksheets are great for teaching middle schoolers about Japanese Canadian history! Students will learn about the Japanese Canadian community's fight for voting rights before diving into primary source analysis. A print-and-go resource that actually encourages higher-level thinking! Higher Level Thinking, Study Japanese
Canadian Social Studies Worksheets
These Canadian social studies worksheets are great for teaching middle schoolers about Japanese Canadian history! Students will learn about the Japanese Canadian community's fight for voting rights before diving into primary source analysis. A print-and-go resource that actually encourages higher-level thinking!
a red, white and blue house with the words acadia social studies and core french stations
CANADIAN Social Studies Stations!
Looking for activities about treatment of minority peoples in Canada? These Acadia learning stations will teach students about the Acadian expulsion. They also include information about Francophone cultural festivals and celebrations in Canada for a perfect tie-in to Core French! Students will learn about one of the communities where French is spoken in Canada. They will also listen to music and dance to experience works of art from a French Canadian cultural group!
two women are walking down the sidewalk in front of an old building with a bus on it
Women of Change: Celebrating Japanese Canadian Leaders - Google Arts & Culture
For 135 years, Japanese Canadian women have led the battle against racism and sexism by showing excellence in all aspects of daily life. Explore the stories of these six leaders.
the words august 13th is national acadian day in green and black on a white background
National Acadian Day!
Hey, teachers! Did you know that August 15th is National Acadian Day? Check out my Acadian Learning Stations to help elementary and middle school students learn why this day matters!
an orange shirt day poster with the words, november 30th is orange shirt day
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day!
Hey, Canadian teachers! Just a friendly reminder that September 30th is Orange Shirt Day! Some of my favourite books for Orange Shirt Day are listed in the post. Click for more info!
This short graphic novel gives a sweeping account of Nikkei (Japanese North-American) history. The protagonist's grandmother talks about internment and other major events. She also helps her unpack her mixed-race identity. Japanese Internment, Mixed Race
Japanese Internment Graphic Novel
This short graphic novel gives a sweeping account of Nikkei (Japanese North-American) history. The protagonist's grandmother talks about internment and other major events. She also helps her unpack her mixed-race identity.
a white and green sign with the words, october 18th is pelong day
Women's Rights in Canadian History!
Do your students know about the Person's Case? Be sure to commemorate this life-changing case and the women that made it happen!
a woman holding up a book with an image of a man in a hat on it
Indigenous Resistance in a Picture Book!
Sharing stories of Indigenous people resisting colonialism is so important! Nutaui's Cap is a picture book that does just that. It tells the story of an Innu protest in Eastern Canada in the 1908s. They fought against low-level jets that were running practice drills over their land, scaring people and animals in the process. After their protest letters were ignored, they walked onto the military runway instead. Several people were arrested and the case eventually went to court (where they won t