This Grade 2 unit follows the Ontario SES curriculum for the Heritage and Identity Strand. It includes definitions such as heritage, tradition, and immigration. Students explore their classmates family origins, their own family origins, and reasons for immigration. The unit includes teacher notes and a test. The unit can easily be used in the US and other multi-cultural countries.
This unit includes:
- Student's heritage and discovering the heritage of 5 other students
- Definition of heritage and tradition. Take home sheet to learn heritage of both sides of the family and one family tradition. (Return and class sharing)
- A map of the world to colour where the student's family originated and draw the flags for each place.
- Graphing of family origins mini take home project - student's discover the origin of family members and graph the results to find out where most are from. (includes two support pages - a chart to complete and a tally sheet to help with graphing)
- Family writing activity
- Defining immigration and reasons for immigration. Introducing the idea that Canada is a "cultural mosaic"
- "I wonder" immigration page - students find out who in their family immigrated, when and why, and find the answer to one of their own questions. This opens up a really great class discussion.
- Celebration Interview - Interview an adult about their favourite celebration, using the questions as a guideline