This teaching resource offers an overall general coverage of all the indicators for the outcome PA4.1 – Analyze the relationship between governance institutions in Saskatchewan and the quality of life of the people in the province.
Although it has been written to meet the outcome and indicators for the Saskatchewan Social Studies curriculum, it will meet the needs of educators teaching about governance structures in Saskatchewan and how they affect the quality of life of the people in the province.
Lessons are presented in the order of the indicators:
a. Identify ways in which Saskatchewan can be involved in making decisions which affect their local communities (run as a candidate for school board, local government or band elections; vote during elections; attend community forums)
b. Illustrate the organization of municipal or band decision-making process, including the name of the sitting mayor, reeve or chief
c. Describe the ways in which Saskatchewan people can be involved in the democratic process regarding decisions which affect their province and explain why it is important to be an active participant in the democratic process (vote in provincial elections; belong to a political party; run for member of the provincial or First Nation legislative assembly; communicate with the member of the Legislative Assembly about issues of concern)
d. Represent the structure of the provincial decision-making process in Saskatchewan naming the sitting premier, the leader of the opposition and the local member of the Legislative Assembly.
e. Investigate the methods the provincial government uses to raise revenue (reserve revenue, taxes on consumption, provincial sales tax, fuel tax, tax on cigarettes and alcohol) to pay for services and evaluate the quality of life for Saskatchewan (health care, education, highways, social services, justice)
f. Analyze how the symbols of Saskatchewan, including the coat of arms, the flag and the provincial motto, reflects the values and qualities of the people and government of Saskatchewan
Evaluation should be ongoing throughout the unit.
Keep records of how students demonstrate understanding of the concepts in class discussions, answers to questions and in the writings and research they do.
Assess the students journal writing as well as the end of the unit poster and compile these with the assessments of their written work as well as group work the classroom to arrive at an average grade for the unit.
Other units for the Grade 4 Social Studies program available are:
Saskatchewan Grade 4 Social Studies I Can Statement Posters
How First Nations and Metis Shape Saskatchewan
Origins of Cultural Diversity in Saskatchewan Communities
Influence of Saskatchewan Programs and People on a National Scale
Impact of the Land on Lifestyle and Settlement Patterns in Saskatchewan
First Nations and Metis Relationship with the Land
Implications of the Treaty Relationship in Saskatchewan
Governance Structures in Saskatchewan
The Three Levels of Government
First Nations and Metis Governments
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