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First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850

First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
First Nations and Early Settlers Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780–1850
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First Nations and Early Settlers unit! Created for the new Ontario curriculum!
This unit is designed to supplement your teaching of the First Nations and Early Settlers/Pioneers portion of the new Ontario curriculum in grade 3.

Please view the "Preview" to see more!

Included you will find:

Unit Overview NEW: A unit overview explains key learning goals, assessment tips, differentiation, lesson sequence, materials needed and teacher notes. Perfect to help you plan out your unit in a snap!
Intro Activities: Question prompts, partner talk cards and conversation ‘cootie-catcher’. I’ve also included information for a ‘time-line’ to help students create an understanding of when Early Settlers and First Nations people lived in relation to other major events
Journal Pages and Follow-Up activities: These (fictional) journals help students understand the viewpoints of children in early Upper Canada. They are written in a variety of viewpoints and help shed light on some challenges and conflict people encountered. The follow up activities are designed to be fun and interactive to help students solidify their thinking and make connections. They are also used to model the journal style of writing students will do for their final project. NEW: Modified journal included for lower readers . NEW: Journals in clear and easy to read font AND available as editable documents through google docs (perfect for good read to assist your low readers!)
Setting the Stage: First Nations NEW: Information about how the Indigenous People of Early Canada were living successfully before contact with the Europeans. Videos and read alouds are suggested, a reading passage about The Metis is included. Discussion prompts and follow up activities are included.
Setting the Stage: Early Settler Animated Shorts: Using films created by the National Film Board (Free to watch) I have created a follow up activity for each video which focuses on comparing life in early settler times to life today as well as some key elements of daily life.
Period Pieces NEW: A variety of art pieces from 1780-1850 are provided for students to view and analyse. Two discussion prompts and a reflection sheet are included.
Mapping NEW: 3 student friend maps are included as well as a 'making connections' response page as well as a general 'mapping reflections' sheet. Extension activities for discussing 'push and pull' factors for settlers is included.
Questioning & Research: With the inquiry focus of the new curriculum, students are expected to ask questions and research in a variety of ways to find answers and make connections. I have provided some anchor charts, a Q-chart, samples of our “Question” brainstorm sheets and ‘Big Questions”. Students will work in small groups (4 or 5 students) to research some of the question on their chart and the ‘big question’ associated with their topic. NEW: More structured graphic organizers are provided to assist students who need additional support
Research Product- Kiosks & Brochure: To share their research findings and connections, students will create a ‘kiosk’ in their groups using the foldable templates and create a brochure to go with their kiosk.
Artifact Exploration: Pictures of artifacts and definitions to match are provided as well as a "what this may be" sheet and a "Comparison to now" activity to consolidate their learning after the activity.
Artifact Final Project: Students ‘create’ an artifact and exhibit for our ‘classroom museum’ and write a journal as person in Upper Canada. Planning sheets and a sample success criteria checklist is provided NEW: Rubric provided (and an EDITABLE version is provided through google docs!)

Additional Activities: I have included some Visual Arts connections.
Example-art piece is based on the work of Norval Morrisseau. Introduce some of the works of Morrisseau and discuss his life (key details provided). Students choose which animal spirit would represent them based on the meanings provided and then create a ‘Morrisseau’ style piece, reflection sheet provided. NEW: Anchor charts for elements of design included.
NEW: 3 scene art piece with Colour and Value as a focus. Checklist and anchor charts for elements of design included.


If you are looking for more grade 3 social studies for the new curriculum, check out my Living and Working in Ontario Unit

For a FRENCH version of this unit Click here!

Or for guided math activities, check out my Ontario guided math bundles for all strands!

For sample report card comments for this unit, click here

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