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Being Together

Connecting and Belonging

Communities in Canada

Communities of the World

Manitoba, Canada, and the North: Places and Stories

Peoples and Stories of Canada to 1867

Cluster 1: Me

Cluster 1: I Belong

Cluster 1: Our Local Community

Cluster 1: Connecting with Canadians

Cluster 1: Geography of Canada

Cluster 1: First Peoples

Cluster 2: The People around Me

Cluster 2: My Environment

Cluster 2: Communities in Canada Cluster 2: Exploring the World

Cluster 2: Living in Canada

Cluster 2: Early European Colonization (1600 to 1763)
Cluster 3: The World around Me Cluster 3: Connecting with OthersCluster 3: The Canadian CommunityCluster 3: Communities of the World Cluster 3: Living in Manitoba


Cluster 3: Fur Trade
   Cluster 4: Exploring an Ancient Society Cluster 4: History of ManitobaCluster 4: From British Colony to Confederation (1763 to 1867)


Cluster 5: Canada's North


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Economics and Geography Lessons Lessons for 32 children's books. Provides grade level information.

Grade 2 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies clusters. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

Grade 3 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies cluster. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

Grade 4 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies cluster. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

Grade 5 Social Studies - Manitoba - Pembina Trails School Division Online resources for the new Grade 5 Social Studies curriculum. The links on the page lead to English language resources but all of the Canadian government sites and many of the other linked sites (such as that of the Costume Museum and the Festival du Voyagieur) are in French and English.

New Social Studies Curriculum Manitoba Education and Training Social Studies Curriculum K - Grade 8.

TIME for Kids For grades 2-6. This site features current events from kids' perspectives.

World Flag Database Colour illustrations of the world's flags.




Me A teaching unit from Saskatchewan Learning that focuses on identity. Also see the unit on Family Rules.


The People around Me

Family Celebrations Past & Present A teaching unit complete with suggested activities and bibliography.


The World around Me

Interdependence A teaching unit on needs and wants, and how they're met.


I Belong

Belonging: an activity guide From Citizenship and Immigration Canada, an activity guide that explores what makes us feel we belong: to a place; to a community; to a country. See also Voices of our people on the same site.

Families in B.C. History In this section of the wonderful B.C. Archives Time Machine website, students can follow the adventures of the Crease family as they settle in British Columbia. Includes a Family Tree template.


My Environment

CanadaInfo:Manitoba Basic facts about our province, plus downloadable symbols and maps.

Connecting with Others

Planting the seeds Another activity guide from Citizenship and Immigration that focuses on citizenship, rights and responsibilities.Aimed at students aged 9 -12, but easily adapted to younger grades.


Our Local Community

Our Community Another teaching unit from Saskatchewan Learning. See also Then and Now from the same site.

Communities in Canada

Aboriginal People Profiles Brief info on writers, actors, musicians, athletes and more.

Communities in British Columbia History Another section of the B.C. Archives Time Machine explains the concept of community with examples that include Chinatown and Doukhobors.

Wave Eaters "Watercraft have long played a vital role in the cultures of most First Peoples in Canada. Indian and Inuit boat builders have produced many varieties of wooden dugout, bark canoe and skin boat, each designed for specific purposes and particular conditions. This selection of Native watercraft from the Canadian Museum of Civilizationís collections highlights the creativity and skill of Indian and Inuit boat builders."


The Canadian Community

Canada's Treasure Trek An interactive game that "encourages children to learn the shapes and locations of Canada's 13 provinces and territories, their capital cities and major bodies of water." From TV Ontario.

A Geogrpahic Journey through Canada in Pictures and Stories This article appeared in Reading Manitoba volume XXIV, Summer 2004 p. 25-27. It is a list of books presented by Lorraine Douglas (retired head of Children's Dept. Centennial Library) at SAG 2003. To borrow, contact Colleen Einarson via First Class email.

Origins of Canada's Geographical Names From Natural Resources Canada, this site is organized by province and includes some aboriginal community names, as well as info on "interesting names" in Canada.

Large Canadian Roadside Attractions 613 photographs of the various items found as you travel across Canada, such as Tommy the Turtle in Boissevain, Manitoba, the Canada Goose in Wawa, Ontario, and the world's largest oil can in Rocanville, Saskatchewan.


Connecting with Canadians

Take Time to Remember This site about Remembrance Day,from Veterans Affairs Canada, includes historical background, colouring sheets, and suggested activities for students Kindergarten to Grade 3. Also in French.


Exploring the World


The Marauder's Map in Library Sparks May/June 2004 Using Harry Potter to develop mapping skills. The objective is for students to In Lesson I review the definaition of types of maps and reference books that contain maps, graphs and charts; in Lesson II create a map of an imainary place; Lesson III use knowledge of maps, literature and hsitory and use gmae strategy and math skills.



Flag Game - Guess the Nation "The Flag Game allows the player to guess the name of the country based on clues including; capital, continent, neighbors, map outline, currency and anthem. Login as guest and give it a shot. A nice way to peak student interest in geography. Project on a wall and play as a class, or play on individual computers. Quick and simple interface; but tough game!" Blue Web'n Site.

Geography Links to everything geographic, including cartography, climate, time zones and more.

Geography Clip Art

Mapping Links to 26 great sites all in one place. These include sources of electronic maps, tutorials (e.g. on mapping skills, history of cartography), a metalist site, teaching units, lesson plans, and mapping activities. You can reach the theme page at the above URL. or through Collection of Social Studies sites.

Topographic Maps


Communities of the World

Cultural Profiles Project This site from Citizenship and Education Canada gives information on the customs and way of life in about 70 countries around the world.

Guide to Japan Information about aspects of modern and traditional Japan.

Kids Web Japan A site about Japan's physical regions, culture, climate and daily life. Includes games, language lessons, photos and recipes.

Let's Go Around the World Amazon Rainforest, Africa, Great Global Links.

National Geographic Kids Great photos, information, puzzles and games about cultures from around the world.

Surf the World - E-thologies Sponsored by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Select a country for a link to a fact sheet, culture, flag, travel. CIDA information and more. Also in French.


Exploring an Ancient Society

Ancient Egypt Discovery Case From the Royal Ontario Museum, timelines, maps, quiz, hieroglyphics and more.

Daily Life in Ancient China History, culture and lesson plans from a teacher, Mr. Donn.

L'Anse aux Meadows Parks Canada website about the oldest Norse settlement in North America.

Mysteries of Egypt This site, from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, includes a Virtual Tour of King Tut's Tomb, and a Teacher's Guide.

Mystery of the Maya Also from the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this site includes a Teacher's Guide, glosary, timeline and slide show.

Nova Online: The Vikings Video clips of a scale model of Birka, a recently-excavated medieval Viking village near Stockholm. Plus lots of other information, and a chance to see your name spelled out in runes.

Odyssey Egypt This site from the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and the Dallas Museum of Art uses museum objects to explore ancient Egypt.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga This site from the Smithsonian features maps, video and a Teacher's Guide.

Vikings A STEM-NET site from Newfoundland and Labrador with great links on all aspects of the Vikings, plus many student worksheets.


Geography of Canada

Canada Social Studies In the magazine, The Bookmark May 2002, there is a centre-based activity that covers provinces, capitals, symbols, famous Canadians etc. at a primary level. Contact the Media Centre to borrow.

National Atlas of Canada "A great resource for Social Studies or Geography teachers and students. Examples are: Carto Corner, Geographical Names, Earth Net, National Atlas of Canada, and many others. A search function and FAQ's are also part of the site." Annotation from School Libraries in Canada, Sources 1999. Also in French.

Natural Wonders of Canada From the Canadian Encyclopedia, lots of interactive resources including a clickable map of our natural wonders.

Physical Regions of Canada Learn about the resources, transportation, climate, and industry for each of the country's regions.


Living in Canada

CanadaInfo: Provinces & Territories Brief and basic facts on all the provinces with downloadable maps, symbols, and even sheets showing Canadian currency.

Canadian Directories: Who Was Where The social, commercial, cultural and historical aspects of Canadian communities since 1790. Classroom ideas--Grades4 to 6.

Canadian Symbols at Parliament Includes downloadable student activities as well as a fact and photo gallery. Also in French.

Choosing our Mascot An election simulation scenario designed to teach students K-4 about Canada's electoral system.

National Capital Explorer An set of interactive activities designed to help students discover our national capital, as well as provincial and territorial capitols.

Symbols of Canada From the Canadian Heritage website, all about our national symbols and emblems including tartans.

This is Nova Scotia


Living in Manitoba

Golden Boy Facts and video clips about the Golden Boy atop the Legislature.

Manitoba Community Profiles A clickable map that leads to comprehensive information and statistics about every community in the province.

Manitoba Museum Take a virtual tour of the exhibits at the Manitoba Museum.

Polar Bears of Churchill A photo essay about the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.


History of Manitoba

Louis Riel Brief biography plus a bibliography of books and websites.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada This site from Parks Canada provides information on the history of Lower Fort Garry, as well as links to the Forks, Riel House and St. Andrews. Also in French.

Mennonite Heritage Village Website for the museum in Steinbach.


Canada's North

Frozen Toes Includes teacher-made learning activities, news, book reviews.

Images Canada: Arctic 83 images of the Arctic from the website of various Canadian cultural institutions.

Kids' Stop: Claire and her Grandfather This site from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada "is designed to enhance young people's awareness of some of the many contributions and inventions by Aboriginal people". Includes a story, games, glossary; and suggested activities.

Threads of the Land:Clothing Traditions from Three Indigenous Cultures "The Canadian Museum of Civilization's exhibition features clothing and related items from the Copper and Caribou Inuit (Northwest Territories), the NLaka'pamux (British Columbia Interior) and the Dene (Northern Athapaskans of the Northwest Territories)."


First Peoples

First Nations "The traditions of the Aboriginal peoples, who through the ages had developed lifestyles that were adapted to these very distinct environments, were disrupted by European contact. In the following pages, come and meet the Native peoples in the days of New France." From the Museum of New France. Also in French.

First Nations and Inuit From the National Library of Canada and the National Archives, a site aimed at elementary school children that provides information on the origins of First Nations and Inuit, their pre-contact lives, their role in the fur trade, and more. Also in French.

The archaeology of an Iroquoian longhouse From the Royal Ontario Museum, an interactive site that details the Iroquois homes and villages.

The Kids' Site of Canadian Settlement Overview of early Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal settlement groups in Canada. Teaching unit; six interactive games--Grades 4 to 6.

Storytelling: the art of knowledge From the Canadian Museum of Civilization, a site that explains the importance of storytelling in aboriginal culture, as well as links to some stories.


Early European Colonization (1600 to 1763)

Atlas of Canada: Exploration A terrific site for maps showing exploration in Canada from 1497-1760. Students may read the accompanying abstract or for more detailed information about the map and the exploration. Bilingual.

The Canadian Encyclopedia Bilingual. For a multipage timeline that is hyperlinked to the maps and facts about exploration in Canada, click on Timeline-->Exploration. Links to information about explorers in Canada. Available in French also.

Collections Canada Bilingual. Alphabetical List of Explorers.

Collections Canada Bilingual. Chronological Outline.

Collections Canada Bilingual. Passageways: Explorers in Canada. Information pertains to more than four dozen explorers.

Collections Canada Bilingual. Pathfinders and Passageways. Sister site to the above site. Built for teens.

Edmonton Public Library: Explorer Links

Explorers of Canada Brief information on many explorers plus maps of their routes.

Ganeder Academy Some deadlinks but lots of good live ones as well.

The Kids' Site of Canadian Settlement Overview of early Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal settlement groups in Canada. Teaching unit; six interactive games--Grades 4 to 6.

Mariners' Museum: Age of Exploration (US) Teacher's guide. Lots of activities with handouts.

The National Maritime Museum (UK) Includes brief information about navigational instruments, explorers and leaders, life at sea, life in the 17th century, etc.

Passageways:True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers From the National Library of Canada and the National Archives, this site has biographies for the explorers as well as route maps. Also in French. Tree-part unit plan--Grades 4 to 8.

Pierre Boucher Using an imaginary travel diary, students will learn about the immigration of colonists to New France, and their life there.


Fur Trade

Beaver Hats "To a large extent, the exploration of Western Canada during the fur-trade era and the founding and continuing existence of Rocky Mountain House resulted from a whim of fashion, the on-going popularity of the beaver hat in Great Britain and Europe. " Find out more at this web site from Parks Canada.

Exploration, the Fur Trade and Hudson's Bay Company History, personalities, timeline and lesson plans.

Fur Trade in Canada "At In Pursuit of Adventure: The Fur Trade in Canada and the North West Compand, delve into the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill Universities Libraries to read about the Canadian Fur trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Research tools include timelines, annotated maps, and a database of manuscripts." from The Beaver/ Sept 2007 BILINGUAL

Historic HBC The history of the Hudson's Bay Company includes the stories of explorers, beaver hats, point blankets, and the monthly menu for York Factory in 1838.


From British Colony to Confederation (1763 to 1867)

Confederation for Kids This site from the National Library of Canada and the National Archives presents the who, when, how and why of Confederation. Aimed at students 9 to 13.

Confederation for Kids Story of how each province and territory joined Confederation. Comprehensive teaching strategy; crossword puzzle--Grades 5 to 12.



 Last Update: June 16, 2008