With the Grade 6 Communities in Canada Past and Present
unit, students are asked to explore the communities that make up present-day Canada. Students embark on a journey from past Canada to present Canada and explore the challenges and celebrations experienced by various communities and settlers in Canada. Students also explore how different communities have contributed to the evolution of Canadian identity. This packet is aligned with the Ontario 2013 Social Studies curriculum.
The overall expectations that this packet addresses are:
Assess contributions to Canadian identity made by various groups and by various features of Canadian communities and regions.
Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate different perspectives on the historical and/or contemporary experiences of two or more distinct communities in Canada.
Demonstrate an understanding of significant experiences of, and major changes and aspects of life in, various historical and contemporary communities in Canada.
The big ideas that this packet addresses are:
Many different communities have made significant contributions to Canada’s development.
Different groups may experience the same development or event in different ways.
Significant events in different communities have contributed to the development of the identity of that community and of Canada.
What LESSONS are included in this unit?
This unit includes 19 in-depth lessons. Some lessons have students explore communities in Canada and the impact that communities in Canada have had and continue to have on Canada. The lessons included in this topic are as follows:
Lesson 1.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 1.2: Being Canadian
Lesson 1.3: Immigrating to Canada
Lesson 1.4: Immigrating to Canada
Lesson 1.5: Aspects of Life
Lesson 1.6: Aspects of Life
Lesson 1.7: Push and Pull Factors
Lesson 1.8: Cultural Communities
Lesson 1.9: Residential Schools
Lesson 1.10: Historical Events
Lesson 1.11: Interactions between Communities
Lesson 1.12: Life for Immigrants Past and Present
Lesson 1.13: Exploring My Own Community
Lesson 1.14: Fundamental Elements of Canadian identity
Lesson 1.15: Characterizing a Community or Country
Lesson 1.16: Cultural Influences on Canadian Identity
Lesson 1.17: Inclusiveness and Multiculturalism
Lesson 1.18: Welcome to Canada
Lesson 1.19: Bringing it Together
This packet includes 42 activity worksheets, 24 partner question cards, 6 assignments, and 11 readings. There are also 4 checklists, 5 exit cards and 3 grading grids included in this packet.
What assessments are included in this packet?
This packet includes 6 assignments
Assignment 1.1: Communities in Canada – Past and Present Reflection Journal
Assignment 1.2: Cultural Communities Research Assignment
Assignment 1.3: Historical Events and Communities Research Assignment
Assignment 1.4: Exploring My Community
Assignment 1.5: Reflection Response
Assignment 1.6: Exploring Reasons for Immigrating Research Assignment
This packet includes 6 rubrics and some of these rubrics can be used to assess the experiments and assignments, as well as 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. There is no quiz or test presented in this packet. Students demonstrate their understanding in other ways.
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