This unit focuses on analyzing the impact of the diversity of environments, settlement, social organization, the patterns of land settlement, social organization, time and place and historical origins on the way of life in Canada and a selection of countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The full Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum focuses on finding similarities and differences between the students and youth of the same age in countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean. They should be encouraged to develop their own inquiry questions in order to meet the curriculum outcomes of this course.
All of the outcome indicators require a comparison with youth in a “selection” of countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The specific countries and the number selected studied is at the discretion of the teacher. There are several ways in which teachers can approach this challenge:
- allow students, individually and in small groups, to choose the country or countries they wish to study throughout the year. This will give them a full understanding of the lives of youth in the countries they study.
- allow students, individually and in small groups, to choose a different country for each unit of study
- teachers can choose the country to study in each unit
Although it has been written specifically to meet the outcomes of the Saskatchewan Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum it will meet the needs of any elementary teacher for teaching about diversity in Canada and a selection of countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
Other units available for Grade 6 Social Studies are:
Grade 6 Social Studies I Can Statements
Grade 6 Social Studies - Culture and Place
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