“Canada, Then and Now” is designed to facilitate thinking, exploring, examining, sequencing and discovering how things have changed and keep changing in communities and in Canada today.
This booklet has 36 pages and is designed for Grade 2, but may also be used for grade 3 and 4 in some cases.
Students will begin by examining a photo of a city street in Canada from 1896. Through the topic of transportation, students will think about changes and technology and create a book/timeline of pictures from “then” and “now”.
This will lead to an examination of Canada’s previous unofficial flag and the realization that symbols represent people groups and lands. Students will then examine a photo of our first Canadian leaders and consider some of the changes that have occurred over time. Students will consider the “first Canadian children” and look briefly at residential schools and consider the value of the freedom of choice and the beginnings of “Orange T-shirt Day”.
Finally, students will consider how schools have changed. This will include discussions and writing about chores and games.
Students will be encouraged to engage with topics through thinking, creating, expressing, writing, playing and wondering. A write at the end of the study is included that could be used for assessment.
Some of the topics covered in this booklet include:
Transportation Canadian Flag
Birth of a Nation First Canadians
Leaders of Canada Orange T-Shirt-Day
Schools: Then and Now School Chores
School Games Further Discussion Questions