SOCIAL STUDIES - MIDDLE SCHOOLS

GRADE 6

GRADE 7

GRADE 8

A Country of Change (1867 to Present)

People and Places in the World

World History: Societies of the Past

Cluster 1: Building a Nation (1867 to 1914)

Cluster 1: World Geography

Cluster 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present

Cluster 2: An Emerging Nation (1914 to 1945)

Cluster 2: Global Quality of Life

Cluster 2: Early Societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, or the Indus Valley

Cluster 3: Shaping Contemporary Canada (1945 to Present)

Cluster 3: Ways of Life in Asia, Africa, or Australasia

Cluster 3: Ancient Societies of Greece and Rome

Cluster 4: Canada Today: Democracy, Diversity, and the Influence of the Past

Cluster 4: Human Impact in Europe or the Americas

Cluster 4: Transition to the Modern World (Circa 500 to 1400)

 

 

Cluster 5: Shaping the Modern World (Circa 1400 to 1850)

Building a Nation (1867 to 1914)

100 years of Change in Population Settlement From Statitics Canada, an animated map detailing the population growth of Canada.

1871 Native Treaties on the Plains From Canada's Digital Collections, this website includes a list of the treaties and a map.

About Canada: Canada's Native Peoples A good overview of the establishment of treaties and reserves.

About Canada: Multiculturalism in Canada A good overview of immigration in Canada, including attitudes toward immigrants.

Across the Generations: a history of the Chinese in Canada An excellent site that includes information on Chinese immigration to Canada, the building of the CPR, racism and Chinese-Canadian contributions to Canadian society.

Atlas of Canada Great resource for maps that detail geographical features as well as maps that show the territorial evolution of Canada.

The Canadian West From the National Archives of Canada, this site covers aboriginal claims, immigration, homesteading and the Winnipeg General Strike.

The Cariboo Gold Rush An extensive, but readable, site about the people and places involved in the Gold Rush.

Confederation for Kids: The Provinces Brief info on the when, how and why the provinces entered confederation.

First Among Equals: Canada's Prime Ministers An easy-to-understand site with basic info about all our Prime Ministers.

Grade 6 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies clusters. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

Images Canada "Provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions...find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage." Be sure to check out the Photo Essays, Image Trails and Educational Resources.

Immigration and Citizenship From Statistics Canada, an online activity that examines Canadian immigration patterns and details the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.

Kids' Site of Canadian Trains Learn about the building of the railway and the immigrant experience. Unusual stories and facts about trains. Includes suggested educational activities. Grades 4-6.

The Last Best West: Advertising for Immigrants to Western Canada, 1870-1930 From the Canadian Museum of Civilization, "this virtual exhibition is about the Canadian government's role in advertising free land in The Last Best West to farmers and farm workers in Britain, the United States and Europe. The exhibition presents images of western Canada that appeared in posters put out by the government and the big transportation companies. Also on view are colourful government pamphlet covers; newspaper advertisements for immigrants; promotional photographs and notices. Photographs of touring exhibition wagons, and displays of prairie wheat at large agricultural shows and small country fairs, are also included."

Louis Riel, One Life, One Vision From The Heritage Centre, The Société historique de Saint-Boniface, the oldest Francophone historical society of Western Canada.

New Iceland Heritage Museum The how, when, where and why story of Gimli's Icelandic heritage.

The NorthWest Resistance: Biographies Short biographies of Dumount, Big Bear, Poundmaker and Riel.

University of Manitoba - Prairie Immigrants - Illustrated History "Learn about the immigration experience in Western Canada by browsing through 15,000 digitized archival items, including texts, photos, videos, and audio recordings at this project of the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. Learn the hardships settlers overcame as they moved westward into a new country." from The Beaver/ Sept 2007

Wawanesa: a Prairie Heritage Information on settlers and agriculture with photos and maps. A great local site.

Women on Homesteads Briefly details the conditions faced by prairie homesteaders.

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An Emerging Nation (1914 to 1945)

Canada and the First World War From the National Archives of Canada, a site that features journals, documents and photos from the "enlisted men, officers, politicians, nurses, farmers, women munitions workers (who were) among the many Canadian men and women who took part in World War I.

Courage Remembered Part of the SchoolNet Digital Collections, this site presents the role Canadian soldiers played in the wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, as shown through personal memoirs, photography, art work by Canadian war artists and the documented exploits of Canadian George Cross and Victoria Cross recipients.

The Famous Five - Female Suffrage Details the personalities and issues involved in the struggle for women's suffrage in Canada.

Grade 6 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies clusters. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

Ontario History Quest A webquest designed for the Ontario Grade 8 curriculum that focuses on using primary source documents and pictures. Includes a Teacher's Package and a good explanation of primary/secondary sources.

Ukrainian Internment Camps in Canada Features a map showing the locations of the various Ukrainian internment camps in Canada from 1914-1920, as well as links to other info.

University of Manitoba - Prairie Immigrants - Illustrated History "Learn about the immigration experience in Western Canada by browsing through 15,000 digitized archival items, including texts, photos, videos, and audio recordings at this project of the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections. Learn the hardships settlers overcame as they moved westward into a new country." from The Beaver/ Sept 2007

The Virtual Gramophone Canadian Historical Sound Recordings A look at the early days of Canadian recorded sound from the 1900s to the 1930s. Database of images and digital audio recordings; biographies of musicians. Three teaching strategies; ideas for classroom activities--Grades 7 to 9

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Shaping Contemporary Canada (1945 to Present)

Media Centre Resources

Websites

Aboriginal People Profiles A website from Indian and Northern affairs Canada that details "the lives and contributions of some prominent Aboriginal people in Canada - devoted individuals who have made a real difference in their fields: writers, actors, musicians, athletes and more".

Canadian Medicine: Doctors and Discoveries From the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University, this multimedia resource includes info, study guide, bibliographies and related websites to help students "learn about Canadian medicine through a selective survey of this country's doctors and discoveries, which will include Sir William Osler, the 'doctor's doctor'; Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, the co-discoverers of insulin; and Western politician Thomas C. Douglas, the 'father of Canadian health care'."

Expo 67: Man and his World A nostalgic look at Montreal's Expo 67, when the world came to Canada. Course outline; fourteen activities--Grades 3 to 12.

Grade 6 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies clusters. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

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Canada Today: Democracy, Diversity, and the Influence of the Past

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 Canada democracy" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

CANADA at the Millennium: A TransCultural Society "We owe our secure and prosperous place in the world in large measure to the energetic and hard-working peoples who have chosen to make Canada their home. Originating from countries the world over - from Argentina to Vietnam - they have brought a wealth of knowledge, talent, and skills that have been devoted to the building of our country." Short biographies that highlight our multicultural society.

Grade 6 Social Studies-Pembina Trails Pembina Trails links by social studies clusters. Also outline of what is covered in each cluster.

People and Parliament From the Library of Parliament, suggested student activities that will help familiarise students with the Canadian parliamentary system. Links to background info for teachers and Canadian symbols.

Setting the Agenda From the Library of Parliament, an activity designed to explain a typical "day in the life" of a Member of Parliament.

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World Geography

Articles

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 definition of types of maps and reference books that contain maps, graphs and charts; in Lesson II create a map of an imaginary place; Lesson III use knowledge of maps, literature and history and use game strategy and math skills.

Websites

  • About.com Site With GeoTeacher Geo Teacher provides geographic links for geography teachers, high school students and their parents.
  • Ask City "AskCity, a part of Ask.com, provides maps for a specific city or location, and also allows the visitor to find businesses, events, or movies for that location. Enter a movie title and sicover where it is showing, get directions to the theater, and even buy tickets online. Directions for walking are provided, as well as directions for driving." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Atlas Map Maker "Try the Atlas Map Maker in Nationalatlas.gov to create maps using over 1,200 different map layers. Start with a map, either of a local area or a bigger section of the United States and show additional information based on various categories such as biology, climate, or transportation. For example, visitors to this site can create a map showing scenic rivers and hazardous wastes." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Atlas Printable Maps "Printable maps are easily available for Congressional DIstricts for the 110th Congress, Federal Lands, and Indian Reservations, Precipitation of the Individual States and of the Conterminous States, Presidential Elections 1789 to 2000, Reference and Outline Maps of the United States, Satellite View, Territorial Acquisitions of the United States, Time Zones, and West Nile Virus 2000." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Atlas Dynamic Maps "Dynamic maps are 'innovative illustrations of geographic phenomena' that combine maps with multimedia and animation. Maps are available for Invasice Species- Zebra Mussel Distribution, Volcanoes, Relief and Elevation, Tapestry of Time and Terrain, Vegetation Growth, West Nile Virus 2000, and Wildlife Mortality - Avian Cholera" from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Daily Lesson Plan:Geography Variety of geography lesson plans for grades 6-S4.
  • 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.
  • Google Earth Google Earth is a product related to Google Maps. It is a standalone Mac, Windows, and Linux program that must be downloaded before it can be used. It 'combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Google Maps "Since February 2005, Google Maps has been a dominant mapping service. It provides all of the expected mapping features such as business locations, satellite views, driving directions, andthe ability to create maps. The Distance Measurement Tool calculates distance between virtually any two points on earth." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Live Search Maps "Live Search Maps by Microsoft is another global mapping and search service and is similar in basic ways to Google Maps. Two distinctive feature are Bird's Eye View and 3D Maps. Bird's Eye View offers "pictometry" images for over 180 cites worldwide. The 3D May feature shows buildings in 3D and viewers can fly around, rotate, and tilt the image. However, Virtual Earth 3D must be downloaded." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • MapMachine From National Geographic
  • 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.
  • Maps of the World-Map Zone "A clean, simple interface makes this one a winner. Find maps using the interactive world map, go directly to one of the 7 Regional maps, or use the alphabetic index of countries. Portions of the site are based on the CIA World Fact Book. Once you zero in on a map, you will also be given the official name, Capital, area, water, land, location, geographic coordinate, comparative info, land boundaries, border countries, coastline, terrain, and elevation extremes in a basic table format." Blue Web'n Site.
  • Maptech MapServer "This site is three maps in one-topographical, nautical, and aeronautical. Enter a city of place name and state to get a topographical map, mark locations with an icon on any of these maps, linking the icon to any URL, save the map and then print or email it." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • MapQuest "No list of map websites would be complete without one of the original and most used sites- MapQuest. Over ten years old, MapQuest has totally changed how we go over the bridge to grandma's house, even including suggestions for restaurants and hotels to avoid grandma's cooking and dusty bedrooms." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • 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.
  • National Geographic Xpeditions "These two map sites are from National Geographic. That means they're excellent! Find, look at, and create maps using these two sites. Over 600 maps created by National Geographic are available." School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • National Geologic Map Database This is a specialized source within USGS for geologic maps. Over 78,000 maps, images, and data are available for geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology. There is also a detailed searchable index of Geologic Names with information on where mapping is currently being done by USGS or its partners.
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection "This is an excellent site from the special maps collection at the University of Texas for digitial versions of maps. It includes many historical maps and maps from areas outside of the United States." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • TerraFly "TerraFly allows visitors to 'virtually "fly" over the entire United States and then look down into a city or area. As visitors zoom in, landmarks are identified along with street names. Look down into a stadium or ballpark and get links to restaurants, stores, and other nearby attractions and fly to them. Start with one of the recommended cities to learn how to use the multiple features, and then take a virtual low-altitude flight over it." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • TerraServer-USA "Cooperative research between USGS and Microsoft Corporation in the late 1990's resulted in TerraServer, one of the first and most popular Web mapping systems that used aerial and satellite imagery to provide overlay maps." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Topographic Map Symbols "Learn what topographic maps are and how to read them. Then see the various standardized symbols that are used to identify features randging from buildings to golf courses to abandoned mines to schools displayed on topographical maps." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Topographic Mapping (Online Edition) "This site is a good place to start when using or teaching topographical maps. Sections include The Changing Landscape of Topographical Mapping, What is a Topographic Map?, Topographic Mapping and the USGS, Common Mapping Scales, The USGS and the Mapping of America, What's in a Name?, Map Separates, and The Digital Mapping Revolution." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • USGS Maps "USGS Maps is a good place to 'discover a small sample of the millions of maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its mission to map the Nation and survey its resources.' Yes, there are millions of maps available! Categories of maps include Topographic Maps, Photoimage Maps, Geologic Maps, Hydrologic Maps, and National Atlas Maps." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • View USGS Maps and Aerial Photo Images Online "The U.S. Geological Survey makes its maps available to commercial entities which are then permitted to enhance and further develop how the maps and aerial photo images can be used- provided the applications can then be used for free. Briefly listed below are some examples of these cooperative relationships." from School Library Media Activities/ Dec 2007
  • The World "Publisher Holt, Rinehart and Winston has partnered with Mapquest to offer both land and ocean maps for each continental area of the world." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • World Maps "The URL says it all- 'justmaps'. This is a good source for foreign and world maps." from School Library Media Activities Monthly/ Dec 2007
  • Yahoo! Local Maps Yahoo! Maps is similar to the other mapping sites and offers street maps, driving directions for the United States and Canada, live traffic, and points of interest. A useful feature is the Address Book which permits registered Yahoo! users to store frequently used addresses and then select them from a drop-down menu. Visitors can also browse a location by various categories such as ATMs, amusement parks, bookstores, or restaurants.

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Global Quality of Life

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 discrimination" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

Eco Voyageurs This website takes you on an Eco Voyage to reduce your impact on Earth.

Facing the Future Classroom activities and lesson plans for teaching about global issues and solutions. Grades 5 - 12.

Oxfam Canda - Education Includes French links. Links to such info as Basic Human Rights Kit (french only); Economics for all (grade 8 level); The Business of Food; Putting Food on the Global Table.

Oxfam's Cool Planet for Teachers Lots of info on this UK site to teach students about such global issues as food, trade, rights and sustainability.

Population Education Scroll down to links to free newsletters, food for thought and resources for students.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus Check out all the curriculum-related activities that focus on global issues such as poverty, human rights and cleaner oceans.

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Ways of Life in Asia, Africa, or Australasia

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 world hunger" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

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

Infonation From the United Nations Cyberschoolbus, a site that lets you compare and contrast important data from 6 countries at a time.

Oxfam's Cool Planet for Teachers:Countries & Continents Resources for learning about Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin/South America with a focus on global issues and country profiles.

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Human Impact in Europe or the Americas

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 man influence nature" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

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Understanding Societies Past and Present

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 world culture" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.
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Early Societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, or the Indus Valley

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 ancient Egypt" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

  • Akhet Internet: The Horizon to the Past A UK site, covering ancient Egypt including; Learn about the Art of the Afterlife, Grave goods, Mythology, Mummies and Monuments and Tombs. Searchable site
  • Ancient Egypt Links to: Egyptian life; geography; gods and goddesses; mummification; pharaohs, pyramids; temples; time; trades; and writing.
  • Ancient Egypt - The British Museum Explore many aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture at this site created by staff of the British Museum.
  • Ancient Egyptian Culture Daily life, architecture, religion, government, history, and more. Part of the e-museum at Minnesota State University.
  • Building a Better Pyramid Interactive way for students to learn about how adding insulation to the pyramid will decrease the temperature inside.
  • Cyber Mummy Unlock the mummy's secrets with the help of modern medical imagery, a supercomputer and an archeologist.
  • Discovery Channel: Mummy Maker Interactive site from the BBC. Students will learn more about the time of Tutankhamun.
  • Egyptian History Links to Nile, Gods, Religion, Death and burial customs, Pyramids and the sphinx, Kings and Queens and the Woman who was queen.
  • Make Your Own Mummy Royal Ontario Museum activity.
  • The Mummy Find out how and why mummies were made.
  • Mysteries of Egypt: Civilization.ca The last link is a PDF activity file that is an excellent resource amongst others at the Civilization.ca site. Bilingual.
  • National Geographic: Mummies Excellent site for students who are learning about Ancient Egypt.
  • Odyssey Online: Ancient Egypt Learn about ancient lifestyles and traditions. Includes images, text and a game.
  • Pyramid Construction The pyramid is a marvel of construction, and is considered one of the "seven wonders of the world." Learn about them at this site.
  • Pyramid Power Facts about Egyption pyramidal structures.
  • Pyramids and Temples Simple map shows location of Ancient Egyption monuments and provides links to more easy to read information.
  • Pyramids: The Inside Story NOVA site. Enter here, wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. You can also follow the 1997 field season of a team of archaeologists as they excavated the bakery that fed the pyramid builders.
  • The Virtual Mummy: Unwrapping a Mummy by Mouse Click Unrapping by computer - how the procedure works and reconstruction of the mummy's head.

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Ancient Societies of Greece and Rome

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 ancient Rome" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

  • Ancient Olympics Compare ancient and modern Olympic sports, tour the sites of Olypia as it looks today, learn about the context of the games and Olympic spirit, athletes who were famous in ancient times.
  • Exploring Ancient World Cultures Near East, India, China, Greece, Europe.
  • Homework Center - Ancient & Classical Cultures Links to information on many ancient civilizations, from the Ice Age and Early Man to the North and South American native cultures. Site maintained by Multnomah County Library (Oregon).
  • Roman Sites in Jordon Roman Roman sites visited by Mr. Barnwell's 6th grade class: Jerash, Pella, Iraq Al-Amir, Umm Qais, Citadel in Amman.

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Transition to the Modern World (Circa 500 to 1400)

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 Roman Empire" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites


Shaping the Modern World (Circa 1400 to 1850)

Media Centre Resources

  • To use the online catalogue, click here. Just click on login and then on Search.
  • In keyword box, type in 600 and your topic. For example, "600 explorers" without the quotes, will give you a list of videos, kits, etc.available for loan.
  • For expert assistance please contact Colleen Einarson, Media Centre Supervisor through First Class.

Websites

  • Renaissance Secrets Posted by the BBC and Open University to support a BBC television series. Explore theRenaissance and evidence and critical thinking historical research. Blue w'n Site.

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Last Update: June 16, 2008