The Grade 3 Communities in Canada 1780 – 1850
unit, students are asked to explore what communities in Canada were like from 1780 – 1850. It is important for students to know that during this time Canada was not a country, and the technology that we have today was non-existent back then. Students are asked to explore how these individuals survive and who was in “Canada” at this time.
The overall expectations that this packet addresses are:
- Compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and the present day.
- Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some of the major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada from around 1780 to 1850, and key measures taken to address these challenges.
- Identify some of the communities in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe their relationships to the land and to each other.
The big ideas that this packet addresses are:
- The different communities in early-nineteenth century Canada influence the way we live today.
- Social and environmental challenges were a major part of life in all communities in early-nineteenth century Canada.
- Canada was already a multicultural society in 1800.
What LESSONS are included in this unit?
This unit includes 20 in-depth lessons. Some lessons have students explore what life was like for settlers in “Canada” between 1780 and 1850, and other lessons have students explore the connections that existed among settlers and First Nations and among settlers and the environment. The lessons that are included in this packet are:
Lesson 1.1: Timeline of the Past
Lesson 1.2: Exploring Maps
Lesson 1.3: First Nations Communities
Lesson 1.4: Exploring First Nations
Lesson 1.5: European Contact
Lesson 1.6: Settlers Arrive
Lesson 1.7: Formulating Questions
Lesson 1.8: Life of a Settler
Lesson 1.9: Life of a Settler Expert
Lesson 1.10: Challenges Facing Settlers
Lesson 1.11: First Nations and Settlements
Lesson 1.12: The Impact of Settlements
Lesson 1.13: Comparing Lives
Lesson 1.14: Underground Railroad
Lesson 1.15: Diary of Life in 1830
Lesson 1.16: Diary of Life in 1830
Lesson 1.17: Comparing Lives
Lesson 1.18: Comparing Challenges
Lesson 1.19: Multiculturalism
Lesson 1.20: Communities in Canada
This packet includes 51 activity worksheets, 24 partner question cards, 4 assignments, 6 reading booklets and 8 readings. There are also 8 checklists and 6 exit cards presented in this packet.
What assessments are included in this packet?
This packet includes 4 assignments. The assignments included in this packet are:
Assignment 1.1: Communities in Canada Reflection Journal
Assignment 1.2: The Daily Lives of First Nations and Métis
Assignment 1.3: Settlers in Canada Research Assignment
Assignment 1.4: Communities in Canada
This packet includes 6 rubrics that can be used to assess the four assignments, and a few other select activities. Students are also presented with a reflection journal that they can complete with this unit. With this reflection journal, students are asked to write about something they have learned or that they are wondering after each lesson or every other lesson. Students are asked to write their reflections in full sentences, and are asked to write meaningful entries that show inquiry and learning.
Please note that there are no formal answer keys presented in this packet as many of the activities and questions presented in this packet are open-ended.
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