This resource adheres to the outcomes of the Grade 5 Social Studies curriculum in Saskatchewan. However, it is suitable for any elementary grade studying the landform regions of Canada, and the national symbols of the country. It contains several research projects as well as an inquiry based undertaking. Students are active participants in all activities in this unit.
The indicators for Outcome DR5.1 for which there are lessons and activities in this unit are:
a. Distinguish between physical and political maps and investigate the application of mapping and data management (geographic information systems) technology.
b. Differentiate between Canada’s various geopolitical constructs, including a country, a province and a municipality.
c. Outline the predominant physical features of the regions of Canada, including the Western Cordilleran, Interior Plains Canadian Shield, Great Lake/St. Lawrence Lowlands, Appalachian and Arctic/Inuitian regions (vegetation zones, resources, bodies of water and principal landforms).
d. . Undertake an inquiry investigating the relationship between Canada’s physical and geographic features and the population distribution.
e. Explain the meaning and origin of a variety of Canadian symbols and consider the purpose of such symbols (coat of arms, motto, flag, beaver, feather, drum, RCMP, national anthem).
f. Investigate the reasons for western expansion of Canada in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the consequences of the expansion.
Other units for the Grade 5 Social Studies curriculum available from Nana Fran's Teaching Resources are:
Aboriginal Heritage of Canada
Evolution of Canada as a Multicultural Nation
I Can Statement Posters for Grade 5 Social Studies
Impact of the Environment on the Lives of People Living in Canada
European Influence on Pre-Confederation Society
Political Evolution of Canada
Functions of Governance Structures in Canada
Resources and Wealth
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