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JUNIOR DIVISION SOCIAL STUDIES. All courses build on the strands and topics taught in the primary division. ACHIEVEMENT CHARTS. Start at Grade 1 Common achievement chart for Grades 1- 6 Social Studies and for Grades 7 and 8 History and Geography

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junior division social studies

JUNIOR DIVISION SOCIAL STUDIES

All courses build on the strands and topics taught in the primary division.

achievement charts
ACHIEVEMENT CHARTS
  • Start at Grade 1
  • Common achievement chart for Grades 1- 6 Social Studies and for Grades 7 and 8 History and Geography
  • Four categories of the Social Studies Achievement Chart include:

- knowledge and understanding

- thinking

- communication ( including map, globe,

and graphic skills)

- application

* Note that 3 of the 4 achievement categories focus on process skills, and one focuses on content.

teaching approaches
TEACHING APPROACHES
  • Vague direction is provided…

- “grade and age appropriate activities

and assignments”

- “ encourage mastery of basic concepts”

- “…and development of history and

research skills”

- “…emphasize the relationship to the world

outside of the school”

- “…encourage students to recognize the value

and relevance of what they are learning”

specific strategies that are suggested
SPECIFIC STRATEGIES THAT ARE SUGGESTED
  • Guest speakers
  • Visits to local museums
  • Archeological digs
  • Visits to areas of geographical features ( landforms, rivers, battlefields, etc.)
  • Visits to art galleries
  • Visits to festivals
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They create a base of common experience.
  • A strong base of common experiences creates a strong basis for skill development.
brainstorming time
BRAINSTORMING TIME!!!
  • What other rich, commonexperiences can be provided for students in a strong Junior Social Studies program?
organization of the junior social studies program
ORGANIZATION OF THE JUNIOR SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM
  • Two strands:

1. Heritage and Citizenship

2. Canada and World

Connections

all units within these strands are based on a spiral curriculum model
All units within these strands are based on a spiral curriculum model
  • Within the strand Heritage and Citizenship, students study:

- Medieval Times

- Early Civilizations

- First Nation Peoples and

European Explorers

The “spiral” is based on common themes such as travel, clothing, foods, or farming.

grade 4 units
Grade 4 Units
  • Medieval Times
  • Canada’s Provinces, Territories and Regions
  • This is the first Social Studies year where we begin to see a topical separation of History and Geography (but still referred to as Social Studies).
grade 5 units
Grade 5 Units
  • Early Civilizations
  • Aspects of Citizenship and Government in Canada
grade 6 units
Grade 6 Units
  • First Nation Peoples and European Explorers
  • Canada’s Links to the World
active learning in social studies
Active Learning in Social Studies
  • What does it look like?
  • What does it sound like?
our task
OUR TASK
  • Select one unit from one grade level.
  • Develop concentric circle plans to make a rough outline for this unit.

- Unit title

- Knowledge and Understanding

Expectations

- Connect K and U Expectations to

process expectations under the three

other expectation headings in the

guideline

- With both Knowledge/Understanding and process

expectations in mind, develop an outline of active

strategies you would use with your students to

achieve these expectations.