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Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans Prior to 1713 Part 2: Explorers and First Contact is a Grade 5-7 social studies unit created to support student learning about the early origins of this country. This inquiry-based unit, which meets the revised 2018 Ontario Ministry of Education Social Studies curriculum for Grade 5, provides a variety of activities meant to allow students to explore the motivations behind the early explorations in North America, the explorers’ interactions with the Indigenous people, and the beginnings of New France.
PLEASE NOTE: This unit will likely undergo several revisions over the fall of 2018 to ensure that it is respectful of the language and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. You will want to check back from time to time in your "My Purchases" section of your TPT account to see if there is an updated version so that you can re-download the most recent edition.
Topics Covered Include:
- Explorers in the Age of Discovery
- Early Explorers: Motivation, Obstacles and Achievements
- Jacques Cartier & Samuel de Champlain
- Trade in Early Canada
- Religion and Culture in Early Canada
- Early Contact Through an Artist’s Eyes
Students will be engaged in exploring maps, evaluating the motives and behaviour of the early explorers, and considering the various perspectives of the explorers and Indigenous people.
Please note that some lessons involve video clips from the following documentary and movie, and that if you purchased this unit prior to July 31, 2016 you will want to reload the most recent version from your "MY PURCHASES" page on TPT:
-Canada: A People’s History (links to online episodes are provided. Your school will likely have either DVD or VHS copies of "Canada: A People's History" as well.
-The Black Robe When this unit was originally created the movie was available on YouTube, but is no longer available. You may want to either purchase a copy OR borrow it from your municipal library system.
Please Note: This particular resource is only one of five mini-units that are available separately as well as in a bundle at a reduced price in my TPT store. Check out the bundle here:
• Ontario Gr. 5 Social Studies Strand A: Heritage and Identity Bundle
There is also a FRENCH version of this resource available in our store!
Please check out ALL resources for this social strand here: First Nations and Europeans in New France & Early Canada Resources
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