Social Studies

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Overall Curriculum Expectations

Grade 3 Social Studies introduces students to the diverse communities that existed in Canada between 1780 and 1850. Students learn about the lifestyles of different groups of people during that period and compare them to the lives of present-day Canadians. They analyze primary sources such as journals, letters, maps, and paintings to understand how early Canadians tackled the challenges they faced. They also explore the relationship between the natural environment, land use, employment opportunities, and how land use and resources affect the environment.

Social Studies offers students a chance to explore various topics that will help them understand the connections within and between diverse communities, including First Nations, Mรฉtis, and Inuit communities, as well as their own. They develop an understanding of personal, cultural, and national identities, and how diverse contributions have shaped Canada. Additionally, they examine the impact of colonialism and the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship.

The social studies curriculum is divided into two strands:

  • Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780โ€“1850
  • People and Environment: Living and Working in Ontario

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