This Canada’s Actions at Home and in the Global Community resource is a split Grade 5/6 unit meant to support the Strand B Ontario Social Studies curriculum for Grade 5 and Grade 6. This resource blends the content from the Grade 5 Role of Government and Responsible Citizenshipstrand with that from the Grade 6 Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community unit. It has been created with an eye to the Big Ideas and Concepts of Disciplinary Thinking highlighted in the curriculum. The entire unit revolves around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as students explore how these rights are protected or violated in Canada and in the global community.
This 187 page resource is structured so that teachers are able to teach ONE lesson to both grades, using an inquiry approach. Both grades are examining how governments, organizations and individuals are active participants who deal with important issues. Students and teacher learn together about the issues surrounding the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and examine how the Canadian government and NGOs deal with these issues on the global stage (meeting Grade 6 expectations) and how federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal governments, groups and individual citizens work together to help the Syrian refugees who have come to settle in Canada (Grade 5 expectations).
Students then form Expert Groups to examine other issues. Both Grade 5 and Grade 6 students look at the overall themes of a) Education, b) Clean Water, and c) Disaster Response. However, Grade 5 students explore how Canada and Canadians respond to the topic within Canada (ie. First Nations Water Issues) while the Grade 6 students explore the same topic internationally (ie. Clean Water for Haiti).
Students learn to look at the people, places, and events surrounding these issues as they:
• Determine which people, places, and events are most significant
• Explore the causes and consequences of events and actions
• Learn about the interrelationships between levels of governments, NGOs, charities, and individual Canadians
• Look at issues from various perspectives
• Explore patterns and trends to see similarities between the issues
A key component of this unit are the Knowledge Building Circles where the Expert Groups come together to share information and ideas, and to build on the ideas of one another. The joyful part of this is that YOU don’t need to be the source of all knowledge; you’re part of the learning journey.
This unit includes:
• 19 complete three-part lesson plans
• Video links
• Age-appropriate student texts for each topic
• QR codes for students to access additional sources easily, if technology is available
• Assessment information
• Learning Goal Posters
• Success Criteria Posters for the Concepts of Disciplinary Thinking
• Flipbook templates and examples
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