The Grade 5, Unit 1: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
is aligned with the Ontario Social Studies curriculum. With this unit, students learn about key characteristics of various First Nations and European settler communities in New France up until 1713. Students are asked to explore both primary and secondary sources in this unit. Students also investigate relationships and interactions among these communities from a variety of perspectives and will develop their understanding of how historical events in early Canada have had an impact on present-day Canada.
The overall expectations addressed in this packet are:
- Analyze some key short- and long-term consequences of interactions among and between First Nations and European explorers and settlers in New France prior to 1713.
- Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate aspects of the interactions among and between First Nations and Europeans in Canada prior to 1713 from the perspectives of the various groups involved.
- Describe significant features of and interactions between some of the main communities in Canada prior to 1713, with a particular focus on First Nations and New France.
The big ideas addressed in this packet are:
- Interactions between people have consequences that can be positive for some people and negative for others.
- When studying interrelationships between groups of people, it is important to be aware that each group has its own perspective on those interrelationships.
- Cooperation and conflict are inherent aspects of human interaction/relationships.
What LESSONS are included in this unit?
This unit includes 20 in-depth lessons. Some lessons have students explore various historical events, and other lessons have students explore the relationships and conflict between the First Nations and the Europeans. The lessons included in this topic are as follows:
Lesson 1.1: Why Study History?
Lesson 1.2: Exploring First Nations
Lesson 1.3: Exploring First Nations
Lesson 1.4: Relationships Between . . .
Lesson 1.5: European Explorers
Lesson 1.6: European Contact
Lesson 1.7: Settling the New World
Lesson 1.8: Interpreting Interactions
Lesson 1.9: The Fur Trade Game
Lesson 1.10: Exploring Relationships
Lesson 1.11: Comparing Settlements
Lesson 1.12: The Beothuk
Lesson 1.13: Conflict Begins
Lesson 1.14: Consequences of Contact
Lesson 1.15: Land Surrenders
Lesson 1.16: Weighing Contact
Lesson 1.17: Residential Schools ("When We Were Alone")
Lesson 1.18: Past Issues
Lesson 1.19: Present-Day Issues
Lesson 1.20: End of Unit Response Choice Board
This packet includes 51 activities, 13 readings and 7 rubrics. Students are also given the chance to reflect on the information they gain through their research and learning activities about First Nations and the impact that Europeans had on the lives and well-being of First Nations.
What assessments are included in this packet?
This packet includes 4 assignments. The assignments included are:
Assignment 1.1: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada Reflection Journal
Assignment 1.2: Exploring First Nations Assignment
Assignment 1.3: European Explorers Research Assignment
Assignment 1.4: First Nations and Europeans End of Unit Response
This packet also includes 7 rubrics, 5 exit cards, 4 reflections, various entry cards and teacher checklists. These methods of assessment can be used to identify whether or not students have met the lesson learning goal and specific expectations for this packet.
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. There is no quiz or test presented in this packet. Students demonstrate their understanding in other ways.
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