Infusion of Technology into Social Studies

Central Alberta Regional Consortium 

SOCIAL STUDIES

WEB RESOURCES

GRADE 1

GRADE 2

GRADE 3

GRADE 4

GRADE 5

 GRADE 6

GRADE 7 & 8

GRADE 9

GRADE 10

GRADE 11

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Grade One

1.1.1  Value self and others as unique individuals in relation to their world…

·         Belonging to Groups    This website offers lessons and activities to cover the concepts involving: identity, self, groups, similarities, differences, and cooperation.

·      Understanding Other Cultures Around the World    Kidland encourages creative expression and cross-cultural understanding among the world's children. Anyone in the world can enjoy watching kids interact and learn from them.

·   Children's Rights Around the World    This site will help locate sites to help with the discussions of children's rights around the world.

·   Voices of Youth    Voices of Youth-This is a UNICEF sight that allows students to explore some of the issues related to "Children's Rights"  Although this may be too difficult for Gr. Ones alone, it can be presented to show that the rights we have in Canada, are not necessarily the same in other countries around the world.  

·   Children's Rights- Clean Water    A great Water Game for the students to complete. Students will make important decisions about how to improve the water in an African village.  In the lower grades you would need to go through this as a whole class or small groups. Tie this into discussions on student rights to clean water.

·   Children's Rights    Cartoons for Children's Rights is a UNICEF broadcast initiative that aims to inform people around the world about children’s rights. (See also ‘What are children’s rights?’ below.) So far, the effort has forged partnerships with many well-known animation studios that have developed more than 80 half-minute public service announcements (PSAs). Videos are in Real format.

1.1.2  Value the groups and communities to which they belong…

·      Build Your Community    Interactive site. Identifying buildings. Kids match goods and services to buildings in their community. Community WebQuest (also in French)

·   Relationships, Rules and Responsibilities    This site has links to four simple activities – two about responsibility and rules, and two about communities.   

·   Learn Alberta Videos    Dinner for Two and Door to Door are two short videos on this site about conflict resolution.  You need your school’s Learn Alberta password to access this site.   

1.1.3  Examine how they belong and are connected to their world by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry…

·        Junior Forest Wardens    For teachers and parents. Explore the history, mission statement and information about organization.

·    Girl Guides of Alberta- Sparks    Sparks-5&6 yr. girls. This site has information on Sparks and other Girl Guide groups. Use to explore the purpose of joining such groups whether it is available in your area. 

·    Beavers    Beavers (boys and girls ages 5-7). Sharing the Adventure Fun and friendship are the cornerstones of the Beaver program A site for teachers and parents to find out more about this group and its purpose and benefits to child development. Students can send postcards and participate in activities on the site.

1.1.4  Determine what makes their communities thrive by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry…

·        My Neighborhood This website includes books that the students can read, or an audio file that will read the book to students as they follow along.  My Neighborhood book is good for Grade One Social Studies.

·    I’ve Been Working in the Neighborhood  Exploring the World of Community Helpers.  A class project studying the people who help in our communities, plus a culminating activity suitable for grade one.  American titles, but the information is still relevant. 

·     Ecokids  This program is geared primarily to kids aged 7 to 12, but materials can be adapted to suit younger and older age groups. Online information, activities, and interactive games about current environmental issues.  

·     Water is a Treasure  Downloadable poster and teacher’s guide for all levels dealing with age-appropriate ways to conserve water in our communities.

·     Earth Day Site  This site has several primary science and social lesson plans to help kids reduce their ecological footprint. 

1.1.5   Distinguish geographic features in their own community from other  communities by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry…

·          Box Town   Create your community from boxes. This is an easy way to make a toy town using old boxes, cartons, colored paper, scissors, tape, paper tubes, and crayons.

·    My Community   Project outline on how to study your community. Step-by-step lesson on how to make a picture project of your community.

·    Community Images Collection Pictures of a variety of people who could be found in your community. Shows some cultural differences. 

·    Build a Neighborhood  An interactive site where students can make a variety of neighborhoods such as rural or urban.

·    Community Map    Create a map of the places important to you in your community.  This site provides intro info, materials needed, and specific directions as well as links to other mapping sites.  Would integrate well with an art unit and be a good culminating activity to a mapping or community unit. 

·    Relationships, Rules and Responsibilities This site has links to four simple activities – two about responsibility and rules, and two about communities.  There is also a link to teacher resources, one of which is a set of five buildings that students can print out and color to make a community. 

·     Build a Neighborhood Students can click and drag items to build a rural or urban (or fairy tale) community.

·     Brain Pop- Social Studies The Social Studies area has some activities for young children to differentiate between urban and rural communities.  Includes a video & games. 

·    Google Earth A free (safe) downloadable program that allows you to visit any place on earth.  Zooms in from outer space.

·        Urban and Rural Pictures  PowerPoint presentation  for students to show urban and rural pictures (in French also) Kidspiration Alphabet Book Project.

·     Maps and Other Teacher Reproducibles  Here you will find a collection of reproducible maps of Canada and North America .  

·     Map Quest  This program contains maps of all cities and towns.

·     Where is the Rosie? An Introduction to Mapping  A ready to use Alberta-made lesson plan using the book Rosie’s Walk which includes everything from outcomes, skills & processes to resources and reflection questions.

·    Create a Postcard of Tourist Attractions    Create a postcard and print it off.  This will go nicely with the "Postcards to Barnaby" section  

·     Uncovering Stories of Our Community Landmarks  A ready to use Alberta-made lesson plan from the Calgary Regional Consortium's Infusion project.

1.2.1 Appreciate how stories and events of the past connect their families and communities to the present…  

·         A Family Tree  This is a simple project for making a family tree.  Easy enough to do in class or have the child and his/her family do at home.  Lists materials and step by step directions.

·    Make Your Family Tree Today     This is a pictorial family tree.  Could be used after the previous activity.

·     Celebrations Around the World   Research the ways Christmas and other holidays are celebrated differently in other cultures around the world.

·    Early day Homesteaders    This site contains information of the days of pioneer life. It contains great information on school life, home life, homes, transportation, Pioneer Christmas, games and toys, and the different shops. Teacher will have to help grade one students navigate through the site. 

·    The Spirit of Alberta    To celebrate Alberta 's 2005 Centennial, 2Learn.ca and the teachers and students of Alberta are collaboratively creating a Virtual Centennial Showcase of the "Spirit of Alberta." The dreams and accomplishments of our past are honored by those who share their own dreams for our future. 2Learn.ca's 'Spirit of Alberta' website includes a wealth of resources, activities, and projects that will help you and your students make this year one to remember, and provide a legacy far into the future. There are interesting projects and pictures teachers could show the younger students.

·    Oki Niksokowa Oki Niksokowa means Hello our relatives. We call ourselves Niitsitapi, although we are known as the Blackfoot. This is our way of life. It is about how we lived with our families, the environment, and our neighbors. It is also about how these relationships are still important to us. Please come with us and learn about our culture and our history.

·    Indian and Northern Affairs   Kid's Stop-this site has lots of information and activities for kids looking for information about Native cultures.

1.2.2  Analyze how their families and communities in the present are influenced by events or people of the past by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry…

·       Moving Forward with the Past  A differentiated Grade One Social Studies Unit. This site was designed by a group of Black Gold Grade One teachers). French version provided.

·    Prairie Image Collection   A collection of pictures of the prairies. (rural)

·   Long Ago Pictures and Video    Pictures of pioneer life in Alberta .

·   From Little House to My House: Exploring Family Roles  This lesson uses the picture book of Little House in the Big Woods to teach students about the olden days, and to draw connections between the text and their own lives nowadays.

·   Canadian Culture and Traditions    This site contains links to study Canadian culture, communities, etc. Lots of information to explore.   

·   Heritage Alphabet    This website contains facts (organized alphabetically) about the historical, natural and cultural past of Alberta.  It has sections for kids, teens and adults. 

·   Places to Go-Alberta On-line Encyclopedia  Within the pages of this site you will find information about museums, archives, historic sites as well as heritage organizations and foundations that help to preserve and interpret our heritage.  

·   Videos   The Chinese Violin, From far Away, Jump Up, and Lights for Gita are short (5-10 minute) animated videos about children new to Canada and their links to their family’s past.

·   Did You Know?   A “do you know?” quiz about aboriginal inventions and contributions to modern medicine, food and life.

·   Resources and Activities   A list of primary level resources, stories and activities, both print and downloadable, about Canadian aboriginal people. 

·   Claire and Her Grandfather   A story about the contributions aboriginal people have made to Canada

·   Famous Aboriginals   Short profiles of famous Aboriginal Canadians and their contributions to our society in everything from acting to politics. 

·   Canadian Cultures and Traditions   This site contains links to study Canadian culture, communities, etc. Lots of information to explore.

1.S.2 Develop skills of historical thinking…

·        Long Ago This site has 4 short (1-3 minute) narratives and one 3 minute video about different facets of life in the olden days.

1.S.3 Develop skills of geographic thinking…

·        Classroom Architect: Outline Your Classroom Floor Plan A classroom mapping tool that allows students to click and drag the class furniture into place.

·    MapQuest This program contains maps of all cities and towns.

·    Running Map  This program shows both a satellite view and a map of communities and allows you to plot a route and find out the distance traveled.

·    Google Earth  This free (safe) download allows you to visit any place on earth.  

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Grade Two

2.1.1 Appreciate the physical and human geography of the communities studied... 

·    Aboriginal Groups in the Canadian Regions  This site shows the location of aboriginal groups in the Canadian regions.  It also shows the location of the different languages.

·    Acadia: Lifestyles in the Day of Our Ancestors  The visit will take you on a tour of each building at the Acadian Historical Village and the daily activities or traditions associated with it. 

·    Brain Pop Jr.- Rural, Suburban and Urban  Short primary student friendly cartoon that investigates the differences between rural, suburban and urban communities. 

·    Arctic Alphabet Phenomenal resource. Explore the artic through the alphabet. Each word in the alphabet links to another website and to pictures. Includes links to Arctic Circle, Arctic Ocean, Baffin Island , Glaciers, Icebergs, Mackenzie River etc.

2.1.2 Investigate the physical geography of an Inuit, an Acadian, and a prairie community in Canada by exploring and reflecting the following questions for inquiry...

·    Native  Culture Site This site has links to Myth, Stories, Masks, Music, Drums, and Dance.  It includes some awesome videos with dance and drumming.

·    Nunavut Climate and Geography This site has general information on Nunavut including the geography, Climate,

·    Nunavut Picture Source Need some pictures for a project on Nunavut?  Want to explore the daily life?  Check out this picture file.

·      Community on Kugluk Nunavut   Grade 7 students talk about the community of Kugluk, Nunavut  

·     Nunavut Geography  Here students can read and find out about the geography of Nunavut .

·    Nunavut   This Time for Kids site has information about the geography and the history and government of Nunavut .

·      Nova Scotia's Tourism Site   Download Nova Scotia music,  photo-tours, videos, etc. 

·      People of the Arctic   This child friendly site talks about the people, homes, clothing and transportation.  The introduction talks about services in the small communities. 

·      The Arctic This child friendly site talks about the land, weather and living in the Arctic

·     A Day in the Life of an Inuit Child This Child friendly site explores a day in the life of Louisa.  There is pictures and a timeline of her day.

·     Life in Nuavik This child friendly site explores the community of Nunavik.  It talks about many services that are available and has lots of pictures.

·      Nordys Northern Lights Video showing the movement of the Northern Lights.  Very exciting as many students have never experienced this phenomenon! 

·     Canadian Inuit Pictures   Great photos of  many different Inuit peoples with a section on Canadian Inuit.

·     Arctic Picture Journey  Take a photo tour of the Arctic wilderness!

·     Black Gold A site that lets you compare the weather between the 3 communities. 

·      Scholastic Arctic Resources   Scholastic offers links to great Arctic resources. Very useful for a research project.

·      Husky Dog    Interesting trivia about Arctic life, helps students compare to  our own experiences. 

·     Black Gold Images Collection Resources about Inuit and Acadian communities.

·  Inuit Life in Nunavik Description of the daily life of an Inuit child. 

·     Inuit Sampler  A Web Sampler activity from the Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC). Explore sites to answer questions about the daily life of an Inuit child. 

·     Nunavut Geography    Here students can read and find out about the geography of Nunavut .

2.1.3 Investigate the cultural and linguistic characteristics of an Inuit, an Acadian and a prairie community in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry... 

·     Build a Tipi This site allows the child to virtually build a Tipi.  It explains the steps used in the process.

·   Listen to the Language Using the pull down menu at the top of the page one can choose a first nation language and hear certain words spoke. Also one can click on the provinces and find what languages are spoken.

·     Native Facts Game his site has a print out sheet that is folded to make a game of facts for student to play. 

·     Pow Wow Outfits Explains now Native Identity is fostered by their dance and native clothing.  This site show some examples of the native clothing.  The link at the bottom of the page fives information about the history of beads. 

·     Stories from the Blackfoot Stoney and Tsuu Tina (Sarcee) This site  has stories from Aboriginal Groups.  Sharing stories of the Blackfoot Stoney and Tsuu Tina ( Sacree) are ways to appreciate differences.

·     Aboriginal Legends A large selection of orally told legend are written down for one to read and enjoy on this site.

·     Listen to Slavery Phrases A very child friendly site with Slavey phrases to click on and listen to.

·     A Game from Indian and Northern  Affairs Canada   This game quizzes several area of knowledge about Aboriginal people.

·   Inuit Video Story   This video clip tells the story of the Inuksuk.  One can hear and watch an Inuit drumming. 

·     Nunavut Information This site has general information on Nunavut including the geography and climate.

·    Iqualuit This site gives a brief description of the capital city of Nunavut  

·   A National Geographic Website on Nunavut   This national geography site has information on the economy and climate. 

·   Community of Kuluk Nunavut Grade 7 students talk about the community of Kugluk , Nunavut . They speak about how being part of Nunavut might impact their community in the future.

·     Indian and Northern Affaires Canada A video describing the history behind the Inukshuk.

·      Canada's Digital Collections Michael Kusugak explains through an audio file why the oral traditions of the Inuit people are so important. Students can read along and watch a video as he talks.

·     Inuit Myths Young students can read Inuit myths to try and understand the oral traditions of a different culture. (beginning reading level).

·      Build a Tipi This site allows the child to virtually build a Tipi.  It explains the steps used in the process.

2.2.1 Appreciate how stories of the past connect individuals and communities to the present.

·      Images Canada  Search for any images of Canada, great historical pictures.

·      Heroes and Yore and Lore  Focus on a hero like Terry Fox to show students all our communities have people like him in common.

·   Join a Cattle Drive Follow along on a cattle drive through the United States, very similar to how the early Albertans cared for their animals.

·      Acadian Life Styles in the Day of Our Ancestors     This website offers three different types of exploration into an Acadian village of the past.  The Exhibition is a theme presentation of the life of Acadians in past centuries. Each of the themes is divided into sub themes covering several aspects of Acadian traditions and cultures. The Visit will take you on a tour of each building at the Acadian Historical Village and the daily activities or traditions associated with it. The four games provide you with an opportunity to discover Acadia while having fun.

·      The Royal Alberta Museum- Exploring Alberta New Social Studies Resources. Are you looking for resources to enhance your teaching of the new Social Studies curriculum? Look no further! We offer programs that cover many specific outcomes of the new curriculum.

·      Explore Hershel Island This site is full of pictures and text about life in the North. Although Herschel Island is located off the coast of the Yukon, it still provides a valuable insight into the lives of the Inuit people of the present. This site also has many great stories from the past.

·      Tigana Learns About the Acadians of Nova Scotia A grade two student from Lethbridge , AB travels to Nova Scotia and interviews people in the Acadian community of Meteghan to learn about life in an Acadian community (past and present) Includes audio and video clips. 

2.2.2 Appreciate how Aboriginal and Francophone peoples have influenced the development of the student’s community.

·      Important Aboriginal People   This site is a source of Profiles. Aboriginal people in Canada - devoted individuals who have made a real difference in their fields: writers, actors, musicians, athletes and more!

 

2.2.3 Appreciate the importance of collaboration and living in harmony.

·      UN: The Peace Poem   This link has some examples of students submitting their own two lines to make a cumulative peace poem. Each two lines was accompanied by  a picture. This would be a good idea to do in  your own classroom.

·      UNA: Canda Educational Resources   This site provides students views on issues such as endangered animals, human rights, terrorism, pollution, abuse and starvation and gives examples of different ways these topics can be addressed. Includes lessons for teachers as well.

·      Dragon Tales Episode   This is a good lesson that is tied into a Dragon Tales episode related to teamwork and collaboration.

·      K-2 Cooperative Games and Resources   This site provides link to four different cooperative game units. Use these in PE to tie in with this outcome in the SS curriculum, stressing the importance of collaboration and cooperation.

 

2.2.4 Appreciate how connections to a community contribute to one’s identity.

·     Nunanut Living Dictionary   Students can type in any word and learn how to write it in Inuktitut.

 

2.2.6 Analyze how the community being studied emerged, by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry.

·     Saskatoon Stories   Interactive timeline with the history of Saskatchewan, very applicable to the Albertan prairies.

·     The Acadian Odyssey   On this website you will find several photos in the gallery of Acadian communities in the past and present. Along with each photo in the gallery in a few sentences pertaining to the photo.

·     Long Time Ago Media Resource  This resource is based around 6 different pictures taken long ago. Each picture is accompanied by an audio file. They can help students understand what it was like to be a homesteader in the prairies.

·     Picturing Canadian Culture  This website has several pictures of Alberta pioneers along with information to accompany each picture.

·     The Kids Site of Canadian Trains    Trains have played a big part in Canada 's history. Discover Canada 's train stories from the people who were there! Includes activities and lesson plans.

2.2.7 Examine how the community being studied has changed, by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions for inquiry...

·      Nunavut Climate Change  This site points to the North and the effect climate change has had on it over time. 

·      Changes in Our Community  This website provides information on changes over time in transportation, communication, homes, school and toys and games. It also provides Kidspiration templates for students to record these changes.

 

2.S.3 Develop skills of geographic thinking. 

·      Using Cardinal Directions   This site uses cardinal direction to allow a child to navigate the school bus through the town to a given location. 

·      Sheppard Software   Make use of different interactive maps to help students understand geography.

General Sites (Grade 2)

·      Native Site   This site has links to Myth, Stories, Masks, Music, Drums, and Dance.  It includes some awesome videos with dance and drumming.

·      Nunavut Web Portal   This is the 2Learn site list of links for Nunavut.  

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Grade Three

3.1.1 Appreciate similarities and differences among people and communities.  

·      Living in Tunisia   This is a 27 page power point comparing the similarities and differences between Tunisia and Canada

·      Living in Peru   This is a 22 page power point comparing the similarities and differences between Peru and Canada .

·      Living in India   This is a 40 page power point comparing the similarities and differences between India and Canada . 

·      Grade Three Lakeview School- Lethbridge   Everything you want is here to introduce the students to the 4 countries of Tunisia , Peru , Ukraine and India.

·      Tiki Visits Peru   Tiki introduces you to Peru . There are 5 slide show that introduce you to the regions of Peru .

·      Welcome to India   Travel with Mom, Dad,  David and Darleen to India . visit Mumbai, Mysore , Thissur, ,Jaipar for Diwalli and the river Ganges . There are also some wonderful stories and some print and color pages.

·      Kids Love 2Learn-Ukraine   This is a portal to several Ukrainian sites. Many of them focus on Ukrainian Easter eggs and facts about the Ukraine. You can also  find a site list for India ,   Peru,  and Tunisia, here.

3.1.2  Students will examine the social, cultural and linguistic characteristics that affect quality of life in communities in other parts of the world by exploring and reflecting upon questions from 3.1.2

·      Tunisian Society   This site gives census findings for population in Tunisia including specific information for discussions of quality of life, such as households with telephones and refrigerators.

·      Going to School  Excellent student site which describes students experiences in school across India . There is also a video that you can get from Amazon.com

·      Indian Celebrations and Holidays   This site details several traditional Indian celebrations, such as Diwali and Holi. 

·      Medical Needs in Peru  An article about the rampant diseases the poor people in Peru suffer from and what is being done to help.

·      Working With Children in Peru  An article about working children in Peru who don’t go to school.

·      ePals: Connecting With Other Children Around the World  A site designed to connect classrooms around the world.  Has sections for teachers as well as students. 

·      World Health Organization   Good map which shows the clear correlation between number of health care workers and population density around the world. 

·      WebQuest: Comparing Life in India and Canada   Web quest which provides task, process, and evaluation.

·      Culture for Peru  Excellent source of pictures to show cultural diversity in Peru

·      Culture and Traditions in Peru  Photo Gallery for culture and traditions of Peru .  Pictures are printable. 

·      Culture in Four Countries  A simple game where children match items to the cultures that they originate from. 

·   Culture Profiles Project   Gives an overview of life and customs in India, Peru and the Ukraine. 

·   Tour Holiday Traditions Information about different cultural holidays.

·      A Day in the Life   This site provides a timeline for a day in the life of a boy in India .

·      Rich and Poor  Compares quality of life in India for a rich child and a poor child, using visuals and text. 

·     Alberta Culture Quest- Ukraine  Lots of useful information about the Ukrainian culture. 

·     Lights for Gita  A story (video format) about a little girls who is celebrating her first Diwalli in Canada. Login/password needed to access this Learn Alberta web site.

·     Say Hello  You can say "hello" in many languages.   

·     Quality of Life WebQuest  If you don’t do anything else stop here!  

3.1.3  Students will examine characteristics that shape communities in other parts of the world by exploring and reflecting upon questions from 3.1.3

·      Google Earth  Fly to Tunisa , India , Peru or the Ukraine . Google earth allows you to travel to these countries and see what they look like. Googel Earth needs to be downloaded to your computer in order to access these maps. (free download)

·      The World Fact Book  Search by country for information on geography and natural resources.

·      Ecotour of Peru  Travel site that provides information and pictures about physical geography of Peru

·      Geography of India  Teacher information for the geography of India

·      Geography of Peru  Teacher information for the geography of Peru

·      Videos of Peru  Short videos about different parts of Peru .  Would promote discussion as the teacher is able to pause the videos at different points. 

·      African Animals  Webcam views of different African animals in their natural habitat.

·      Comparing  Compare landscapes   and environments of India , Peru , Tunisia   and the Ukraine . This WebQuest uses Photostory 3 to compare landscapes and environments in India , Tunisa , Ukraine and India . Excellent publisher templates.

·      David Suzuki For Kids  David tells the kids about 10 easy things they can do to preserve nature.

 

 3.1.4 Students will examine economic factors that shape communities in other parts of the world by exploring and reflecting on questions from 3.1.4

·      Working Children in Peru  An article about working children in Peru who don’t go to school. 

·      The World Fact Book  Search by country for information on geography and natural resources.

·      The Economy of Peru  Gives teacher information about goods and services, exports and imports, and main forms of technology, transportation and communication of  Peru .

·      The Economy of India  This site provides teacher information about goods and services, exports and imports, and main forms of technology, transportation and communication of India .

 

3.2.2 Students will explore the concept of global citizenship by reflecting upon questions from 3.2.2

·      Voices of Youth Around the World  This web site has three sections Explore, Speak Out, and Take Action.  Ideas to get involved. 

·      Free the Children  Free the Children is the worlds largest organization of children helping children.  There are links to projects to become involved in. 

·   The Canadian Red Cross  A good historical account of the Red Cross and Henry Dunant.

·      The American Red Cross  Home Page of the American Red Cross.

·      The Rights of the Child (Part 1)  A nice photo essay outlining 13 of the rights of children. (Note: this has an adult reading level) 

·      The Rights of the Child (Part 2) Second part of above. 

·      Friends of the Family   A  short video that explains  some of the reasons why it is important to support UNICEF. 

·      Doctors Without Borders   This site introduces the viewer to the important work that Doctors Without Borders does. 

·      Free the Children This site introduces the viewer to the Free the Children organization and heir newest projects.

 

3.S.3 Develop skills for geographical thinking.

·      Relief Map of the World  Site provides instructions to make a relief map map of the world.  Excellent hands on project to teach physical geography.

·      Printable Outline Maps  Source of printable outline maps for each continent.  Capital cities marked.

·      Online Atlas  Online atlas

·      Printable Outline Maps  Another source of printable maps from National Geographic. 

·      National Geographic Kids  Excellent source of games for teaching geography skills

3.S.8 Students demonstrate skills of oral, written and visual literacy 

·      Send Me a Postcard  Students use Postcard Creator to describe the unique features of a country. 

·      ePals: Connecting With Other Children Around the World   A site designed to connect classrooms around the world.  Has sections for teachers as well as students. 

 

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 Grade Five 

5.1.1 Value Canada ’s physical geography and natural environment

·      Blackgold Physiographic Regions  Complete lesson plan for student/group work in appreciating the diversity and natural resources of Canada .  Project is outlined for student use and evaluation.

·      Physical Maps of Canada  Site contains maps of the regions of Canada , physiographic region maps and relief Maps. 

5.1.2 critically examine the physical geography of Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.1.2

·  Learn Alberta: Included in the grade 5 Social Studies section are some great CBC archives that contain either video clips or sound clips that show examples of how severe weather has affected Canada and how the country united around one another during these times.

·      Geographical Physical Regions of Canada  This brief site provides a map and some useful information. Easy to read and follow.

·      Canada Info Link   This site has some extreme weather stories, including pictures.  There is also a general description of the climate across Canada with identifying factors that determine the climate in each region. 

·      Can Teach  A lesson plan that has groups of students research various regions of Canada and present their findings.  An extension also has them research the aboriginal groups of that region. 

·      Nature Canada  This site explains how and why Canada ’s parks are protected.

·      Disasters and Tragedies: CBC Archives   A series of video clips showing severe weather in Canada .

·      What Does Canada Look Like?   A webquest, complete with exemplar, rubric and resource links, on Canada ’s regions.

·      Environment Canada   A quick explanation how water is used.

·      Geographic Regions of Canada- Key   A quick chart that outlines the landforms of each region.

·      Canada: Its Geography and People   A unit developed by Alberta teachers.

·       Les Régions Géographiques du Canada    En Francais.

·      Découvrir les six régions géographiques du Canada    En Francais.

 

5.2.1 Appreciate the complexity of identity in the Canadian context (see specific bullets in Program of Studies).

·      Storytelling: Aboriginal Culture and Traditions   Explains about oral traditions, narratives and stories as valid sources of knowledge. 

·      Social Studies: Grade 5- Unit Two Heritage    Sample unit plan used in a grade five Saskatchewan classroom, with links and projects on Canada ’s First Peoples.   

·      Edukits: Aboriginal Youth Identity- Health and Wellness    General information on selected Aboriginal Groups, on their lifestyle and how changes in society affected their identify. 

·      CBC Champlain Anniversary    Story of the Mi’kmaq way of life and how the coming and presence of the French affected their way of life. 

·      History: Creation Story    Well-known Haida creation story. Last paragraph explains the story.    

·      Pictograph Robes of the Plains First Nations    Story Robes (buffalo robes) are one way histories and beliefs  were recorded. Site includes picture of a Story Robe and written stories that go with the robe. Also available in French.

 

5.2.2 Critically examine the ways of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.2.

·      Storytelling: Aboriginal Cultures and Traditions   A variety of stories from all perspectives Metis, Inuit and First Nations. Explains and gives examples of how storytelling has been a vital part of the Aboriginal Peoples culture. 

·      Edukits: Aboriginal Youth Identity Series   A great lesson and partner project that encompasses the first 3 bullets of 5.2.2

·      Edukits: Aboriginal Youth Series: Language and Culture   General information about native groups. 

·      Edukits: Aboriginal Youth Identity Series: Spirituality and Creation   Some information regarding ways anthropology and archaeology contribute to our understanding of First Nations peoples.  Some pictures in the photo gallery of petroglyphs. 

·  History by the Minute: This site includes video, and audio clips from two Aboriginals groups with links to brief lesson plans and worksheets. 

·      Canada's First Nations   Good information for teachers. Too much informative for grade 5 students.

·      Champlain- First Nations Picture   Champlain-First Nations picture. Great for teaching perspectives!

·      Niksokowa: Our Way of Life   Glenbow Museum site about the Blackfoot people. Site has information on; traditional stories (read in English or listen to an audio file in the Blackfoot language), how they lived with the land, their world, and how they lived with their families. Site also available in French and Blackfoot languages. 

·  Gifting and Feasting in the Northwest Coast Potlatch   Defines what a Potlatch is, Food and Feasting, and Gifting in a Potlatch. Site contains very good photos for each section.

·      Northwest Coast Indians: Winter Celebrations Potlatch   Champlain-First Nations picture. Great for teaching perspectives! (in pdf format)

·  The Kids Site of Canadian Settlement: Plains Cree   This site contains information on history, daily life and culture of the Plains Cree.

·      The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture   This site contains a wealth of information on the Métis. It contains oral histories, stories, celebrations and heritage information.

·      The Kid's Site of Alberta Settlement- Métis   Information on Métis history, daily life, and culture.

· The Royal Alberta Museum   Information about the Fur Trade and Archaeology in Alberta.

5.2.3 Critically examine ways of life in New France by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.3

·  Passageways: True Tales of Adventures for Young Explorers   A list of  information on four explorers (Cabot, Cartier, Frobisher, Davis).  Also include a section with actual teacher lesson plans, worksheets and assessment to use while using the website. 

·      Passageways: True Tales of Adventurers for Young Explorers  Outlines a research activity, using the Parks Canada website about Voyageurs and the fur trade. 

·     The Kid's Site of Canadian Settlement: Habitants  This page talks about the life of a habitant. 

·  In the Voyager's Footsteps   Outlines a research activity, using the Parks Canada website, about Voyageurs and the fur trade.

5.2.4 Critically examine ways of life of the fur traders by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.4 

·      Exploration: The Fur Trade and the Hudson Bay Company  Interesting business section with stories, information, and actual procedures on how the natives would trade with the fur traders.  Also includes links to famous people of that time, important acquisitions, and an extensive timeline.  Lots of reading, (too much for grade 5 students) but great for teachers to maybe pre-read and pick out certain parts for the students. 

·      HBC: Our History  Interesting business section with stories, information, and actual procedures on how the natives would trade with the fur traders.  Also includes links to famous people of that time, important acquisitions, and an extensive timeline.  Lots of reading, (too much for grade 5 students) but great for teachers to maybe pre-read and pick out certain parts for the students. 

·      Fur Trade Stories  This site contains real stories and journal entries about the fur trade in Canada . Good site but hard to navigate. Take a good look before getting students to look at it. Giving specific questions to answer would be a good idea beforehand. 

5.2.5 Critically examine ways of life of the United Empire Loyalists by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.5

·      Mysteries of Canada  Background information on the United Empire Loyalists from one person’s perspective.  Mostly a Teacher’s Website. 

·      United Empire Loyalists  This is a good site for teachers for background use (too wordy for 5’s). It explains the settlement of upper and lower Canada by the loyalists and who they are, and why they were important for Canada

·  New Brunswick: Our Stories, Our People  Site includes a brief overview of the Loyalists in Canada .  Under menu – “Tell Your Story” – ancestors of loyalists tell their family members story of coming to Canada and show their contribution to Canada ’s diversity.  One story is about a Black Loyalist. 

·    Canadian Heritage Gallery  Site has many images of Loyalists coming to Canada .  Pictures can be viewed online or purchased.

·    Loyalists and the American Revolution  Useful teacher information.

·    Canadian Heritage Gallery  Site has many images of Loyalists coming to Canada .  Pictures can be viewed online or purchased.

5.2.6 Critically examine the ways of life of immigrants from the British Isles during the Great Migration by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.6

·   The Kids Site of Canadian Settlement: Irish  This site contains information on history, daily life and culture of Irish immigrants to Canada

5.2.7 Critically examine how the North-West Mounted Police shaped ways of life in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.7

·    NWMP Commemorative Association  Stories from the North West Mounted Police with Historical Videos showing many different perspectives.  There is an address on this website for educational institutions to order a free copy. 

·    North West Mounted Police  Gives information about who they are, why they were needed, and how Canada was settled. 

5.2.8 Critically examine ways of life of non-European immigrants by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.2.8

·    History By the Minute Video clips, and audio clips about Chinese immigrants, and Black immigrants into Canada and their contributions to diversity in Canada

·     Black Canadian History Talks about why Blacks came to Canada and how the settled. The hardships they endured. 

·    Parks Canada: The Underground Railroad Contains background information a story, and secret songs and words.

·      National Geographic: Underground Railway This site takes students on a journey through the Underground Railroad. 

·      The Kids site of Canadian Settlement: The Chinese History, life and culture of Chinese immigrants to Canada

·      Not Welcome Anymore A video clip describing the persecution of Chinese immigrants after the railroad was built. 

5.2.9 Critically examine how European immigrants shaped ways of life in Western Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues from 5.2.9

·      The Kids Site of Canadian Settlement: Ukrainians and Russians Teacher resources and unit for Ukrainian and Russian settlers.  Site is designed for students in grades 4 to 6.  Information would be easy for students to read and understand. 

·      Doukhobors Good information about Doukhobors ideals and ways of life.  Some information about their coming to Canada

·      A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada Under “Episodes” from the History Channel the reader will find stories of immigrants from Russia , among others, that tell of contributions to Canada.

·      A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada This site has information on German Immigration, the obstacles faced and their legacy.

·      Ukrainian Canadians: a Brief History Brief, easy to read information about the immigration of Ukrainians to Canada .  Pictures depict  a poster to encourage emigration, a homestead, church and immigrants. 

·      Contact: the Canadian West An overview of western settlements and immigrants.  Articles and pictures of specific groups are included. 

·      Alberta: Land of Opportunity A description of settlement in Alberta with links to specific ethnic groups such as; German, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese etc.  Also included are stories that can be listened to – Real Player required.

·      About Canada: Multiculturalism in Canada A good article outlining how European immigrants were pressured to conform to Western Canada.

·      Immigration to Western Canada An overview of immigration in general, including hardships and discrimination.  Pictures accompany.

5.3.1 Appreciate how changes impact citizenship and identity (see Program of Studies).

·      Canada in the Making A website with many links on different Canadian topics, with one of them being Confederation.

·      Confederation for Kids An excellent overview of Confederation which includes all of the provinces as well as how economic and political changes impacted ways of life.  Site also includes a gallery which contains maps and pictures.

·      Wikipedia: Bilingualism in Canada A detailed description outlining French and English as Canada ’s official languages dating back to Confederation.

·      For Teachers: Canadian Confederation A research lesson plan on Confederation for teachers.

5.3.2 Critically assess the changes that occurred in Canada immediately following Confederation by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 5.3.2

·      The Story of the Canadian Pacific Railway   This site takes you through the background and building of the CPR.

·      The CPR: A Symbol of Triumph or Tragedy?    Critical Thinking Challenge using multiple perspectives on the building of the CPR. 

·      Confederation for Kids   A quick summary of Macdonald’s and Cartier’s contribution to confederation. 

·      Keys to History   A video clip about Confederation. 

·      Continuing Negotiations   A video clip outlining the history of the treatment  of Aboriginal Peoples from past to present. 

·      CPC: From Sea to Sea   A video clip outlining how the Scots contributed to the building of the railway  - connection to the outcome 5.2.6 

·      Forging the National Dream   A video clip explaining how the building of Canada ’s national railway affected the development of Canada.

·      Ties That Bind  Explains the importance of the railways to Canada.

·      The Prime Ministers of Canada  Discusses John A Macdonald and confederation. Make sure to click on the audio icons for more information.

·      The Canadian Railroad Trilogy  Words to Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy

5.3.3 Critically assess how the Famous Five brought about change in Canada.

·      The Famous Five Heroes for Today  An excellent multimedia resource from Alberta Heritage on the lives and achievements of the Famous Five. Quickly gives information about the who, what, when, and why of the group. Briefly identifies what they did to change Canadian laws. 

·      The Famous Five Heritage Edukit  Great information on the Famous Five.  Don’t forget to use the Student Zone for pictures, video clips, etc. This site contains teacher and student sections. The teacher section contains lesson plans, while the student section contains audio and video clips, photo gallery, and readings and quotations. 

5.3.4 Critically assess how economic booms and crashes affected ways of life in Canada.

·      Memories of Chinook, Alberta in the 1930's  Here you will find personal recollections and photographs of Ray Cooley's boyhood in Chinook , Alberta , Canada during the Great Depression of the 1930's. This homepage will inform you of the effects The depression had on Canada and its people.

·      Great Depression of Canada  Here you will find personal recollections and photographs of Ray Cooley's boyhood in Chinook , Alberta , Canada during the Great Depression of the 1930's. This homepage will inform you of the effects The depression had on Canada and its people.

 

5.3.5 Critically assess how historical events shaped collective identity in the Canadian context.

·      A Flag of Canada  Watch clips from CBC archives on the flag debate, see the historical timeline and read about the debate that split the nation. 

·   The Making of the Canadian Flag     The story of Joan O'Malley who sewed the first Canadian Flag along with other flag information.

·      History By the Minute- The Canadian Flag  Video and Synopsis about deciding on the Canadian Flag.

·      Library and Archives- Submitted Flag Designed  View submitted flag designs that give reasons for the symbols on the drawings. 

·      The Canadian Contribution to the United Nations Peace Keeping  Outlines what caused the creation of UN Peacekeeping Force, Pearson’s role and Canada ’s history as a peacekeeper

·      The History of Canadian  A lesson on how to introduce the Importance of the Canadian flag and it’s adoption.

·     Confederation For Kids: Nunavut  This site provides two clear explanations why the Inuit wanted to create Nunavut .

5.S.9 Develop skills of media literacy.

·     Mavericks  Glenbow Museum site. Contains good information and activities on NWMP, railway, plus many other topics. Also available in French. 

General Sites

·     Learn Alberta  Great website with collections of CBC archives on various topics, and a great Railways and Immigration that has a great Timeline. 

·      Government of Canada: History of Canada  Great website with collections of CBC archives on various topics, and a great Railways and Immigration that has a great Timeline. 

·      History, Social Studies and Geography  A website with hundreds of links on various Social Studies topics. Great links for a teacher to use but there are activities and lessons included as well.

  ·      Pier 21  Great site for information on who immigrated to Canada before war and after war. What were the different reasons for immigration, and very easy to use. 

·      Blackgold Grade 5 Web Site  Excellent resource site for 5.1 and 5.2 topics. 

·      O' Canada: The True North Strong and Free  A newspaper type website that covers many of the outcomes for the grade 5 Social Studies curriculum.

·     Canadian Heritage Gallery  A collection of images useful throughout the Social Studies program. 

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Grade Six

6.1.2  Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of democracy by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues in 6.2.1

·  The Principles of Democracy Though its source is the American government, this site outlines the fundamental principles of democracy in general. It goes on to link each principle to the American Constitution. However, one could make the same comparison to the Canadian Constitution.  

·    Democracy for All  Although this is actually a lesson plan for teaching democracy, it is worded and structured in such a way that it would be very useful for students to use as a resource for learning about the principles of democracy.

6.1.3  Analyze how the democratic ideals of equity and fairness have influenced legislation in Canada over time by exploring and reflecting upon the  questions and issues: in 6.1.3

·  Alberta Online Encyclopedia: Political Institutions and Process- Representative Democracy in Action Be sure to follow the links both forward and back from this starting page to gather all of the available information on the topic of what is an electorate and who has (and had) the right to vote. This government sponsored site provides information at a reading level appropriate for grade 6 research.

·  Elections Canada Online: Electoral Insight- Exploring Issues of Aboriginal Representation in Federal Elections  Though the language level of this document may prove quite challenging to students, it provides an excellent insight into the perspective of the aboriginal peoples of Canada with regard to the political system and its fairness to them as a people.

·  CBC Archives: Voting in Canada- How a Privilege Became a Right  On this page there are a number of excellent resources on changes in Canadian policy with regard to fairness and equity in the election process. The feature This article is a video clip of Prime Minister Diefenbaker being awarded a ceremonial headdress for his role in getting first nations people the right to vote. But at the bottom of the page are links to the Nellie McClung story on women's suffrage, an article about Quebec women's right to vote and the question.

·  Elections Canada Online: Electoral Insight- Leonard Marchand, the First Status Indian Elected to Parliament   This article speaks about the struggle of First Nations People with regard to representation in Canadian politics. It features the story of the first "Status Indian" person elected to Parliament and later appointed to the Senate.

  • ·  Colonialism Timeline   This site, provided as course material by the University of Victoria, outlines some of the significant changes in policy towards First Nations People from 1670 to 1986, including rights to vote and own property.

    6.1.4  Analyze the structure and functions of local governments in Alberta by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues raised in 6.1.4

    ·  Alberta Municipal Affairs: What are Municipalities?  The language used on this page is quite formal and may be challenging to some students, but the site, provided by the Government of Alberta, outlines the roles, purposes and structure of municipalities in Alberta. It defines three different types of municipalities found in Alberta, and even links to detailed information about specific municipalities in the province so that students could easily contact their representatives to find out information or engage in social action projects.

    6.1.5  Analyze the structure and functions of Alberta’s provincial government by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues raised in 6.1.5

    ·  About.com: Who Can Vote in Alberta Though this site does contain a significant amount of advertising, about.com offers visitors well organized information on a wide range of topics including the structure and function of provincial and federal governments. The language level may prove challenging for some students, but is of a reasonable level for grade 6 research purposes.

    ·  Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry Structure This document is quite lengthy and provides specific details about the make up of one particular ministry and the various roles within that ministry. It also explains in detail what that ministry is responsible for and how one could go about gathering more information about issues related to this ministry. The visual organization charts are particularly valuable in showing students the hierarchical nature of the structure and how complex the structures really are. 

    6.2.1  Appreciate the relationship between the values of a society and the model of government adopted within a society

    ·  Iroquois Story of Creation  The site provides information about the way the Iroquois Nation is structured, the member nations, and the traditional territory for each nation. It also has a number of links to additional information at the bottom of the page, including a telling of the Iroquois Creation Story that reveals some important beliefs and values of the Iroquois people. The language is a bit formal, but it is a useful source of information.

    ·  Welcome to Peace 4 Turtle Island  This website reveals many of the beliefs, values, traditions and customs of each of the Six Nations as well as some information about their history and their role in the Confederacy. 

    ·  Yarrow: The Great Law of Peace- the New World Roots of American Democracy  While this site talks quite a bit about the link between the democracy of the Iroquois Confederacy and the United States Constitution, it also spends a good deal of its time on the beliefs and values of the Iroquois peoples and how those values influenced the type of government they developed. To get to the information on the Iroquois value system, skip down two sections to the heading "The First United Nations".

    6.2.2  Value the role of participation by citizens in diverse democratic societies

    ·  Lecture 10: The Beginnings of Democracy  In relatively simple language this site identifies the unique factors that made the Ancient Athenian Democracy unusual. It explains what constituted a citizen of the state, how decisions were made, how officials were chosen, the role of citizens in the government and what difficulties direct democracy of this type posed.

    6.2.3  Analyze the structure and functions of the democratic system in ancient Athens by exploring and reflecting upon the  questions and issues raised in 6.2.3

    ·  Ancient Democracy: History for Kids  This site provides an explanation of Athenian democracy at a simplified level suitable for students with lower reading levels. It covers some of the most important aspects of direct democracy and how representatives were chosen for the council of 500.

    ·  Lecture 10: The Beginnings of Democracy  In relatively simple language this site identifies the unique factors that made the Ancient Athenian Democracy unusual. It explains what constituted a citizen of the state, how decisions were made, how officials were chosen, the role of citizens in the government and what difficulties direct democracy of this type posed. 

    ·  Democracy in Ancient Greece  This site provides a relatively brief look at the structure of Athenian democracy. the author of the site identifies some of direct democracy's strengths and weaknesses. The page also identifies some of the values held by the people of Athens that led to the development of their particular version of democracy.    

    6.2.4  Analyze the structure and functions of the Iroquois Confederacy by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues raised in 6.2.4

    ·  Sovereign People: The Iroquois Nation  This relatively brief, hyperlinked document provides some basic background on the Iroquois Confederacy. Individual pages are manageable reading segments and hyperlinks lead to more information on related topics. The main focus of this site is the formation of the Confederacy. 

    ·  Haudenosaunee  This site provides a clear and easy to follow outline of the political and decision making structure of the Iroquois Confederacy in the section called government. It also provides background on some of the beliefs and values held by these people. The language level, though relatively formal, is reasonable for grade 6 level.

    ·  Constitution of the Iroquois Nation  This site contains the Constitution of the Iroquois Nations. It lays out how the culture is organized, how its government is structured and how decisions are made. The language level is a bit high for grade 6 and may require some decoding and student interpretation, but excellent information.

    ·  The Six Nations: Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth  This site an excellent collection of images and brief information pieces about the history and structure of the Iroquois Confederacy and its participatory democracy system. The hyperlinked nature may prove confusing to some, but the site contains a significant amount of important background and history on these people. 

    6.S.2  Develop skills of historical thinking

    ·  America's History in the Making: Historical Thinking Skills Interactives  Excellent interactive resources for coming to understand the four major aspects of historical thinking. More appropriate as a teacher resource, though it may be beneficial for students in divisions 3 and 4. The site provides four interactive activities for learners to explore that help to clarify what it means to think historically.

    6.S.3  Develop skills of historical thinking

    ·  Geographic Inquiry: Thinking Geographically  An excellent resource for helping students understand what it means to think geographically. This resource provides guiding questions and strategies for going about thinking about events and situations in a way that takes into account the geographic factors that contribute its being.  

    6.S.3  Develop skills of media literacy

    ·  Media Awareness 

     

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Grade Eight

8.1.1 Appreciate the roles of time and geographic location in shaping a society’s worldview. 

·     Japan-Guide.com Overview site with lots of hyperlinks, perhaps a good starting point. 

·     Japanese Historical Maps Needs a viewer which is available on site. Primary source maps from the 1600s. 

8.1.5 Analyze the effects of cultural isolation during the Edo period by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 8.1.5

·     Timeline of Japanese History     Gives short summaries on a variety of topics covering the historical periods up to the Edo period. 

·     History of Japanese History   A plethora of links about Japanese history. 

·     Welcome to Edo     A virtual tour of the City of Edo with traditional pictures and explanations.

8.1.6 Analyze the effects that rapid adaptation had on traditionally isolated Japan during the Meiji period by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 8.1.6

·     Meiji Restoration A site that takes the visitor on a journey (with a guide) to discover the Meiji Period of Japanese History. Be sure to click on the menu at the bottom to see the other choices. 

·   The Meiji Period   This is a very attractive site with some good information about the Meiji era of Japanese history.

 

8.2.1 Appreciate how Renaissance Europe formed the basis for the worldview of the western world. 

·     A Journey Through Time   This site allows students to explore various aspects of the Renaissance through two portals.  Teachers also have a portal at the bottom.  The first page, however, is difficult to read due to the background. 

·     Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance    A PBS site that is based on a PBS series, but has some good info and links to various aspects like art, architecture, politics, science, etc. 

·     The Renaissance Connection    This is an interactive educational web site. Travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown Museum's Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art. There are also middle school lesson plans.  Very fun.  Kids will love this.

·     Leonardo: A Man of Both Worlds    A ThinkQuest exploration of Leonardo and his work.  It has three different levels of exploration; beginner, intermediate and advanced

8.2.2 Demonstrate a willingness to consider differing beliefs, values and worldviews

·     The Black Death: 1347-1350    This is an excellent site for an inquiry at the beginning of the unit.  It has all kinds of information on the Black Death and its effects on various aspects of the Renaissance world.

8.2.3 Recognize how beliefs and values are shaped by time, geographic location and societal context.

·    Renaissance Trade Routes This site goes through lots of aspects of trade in Renaissance times.  Visually appealing and easy to navigate.  Something for lots of different interests including a sailing simulator.

8.2.4 Critically examine the factors that shaped the worldview evolving in western Europe during the Renaissance by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 8.2.4

·    Renaissance: What Inspired This Age of Balance and Order?    This is an interactive guide for students to explore the Renaissance, especially in Italy .  Sections include:  Out of the Middle Ages; Exploration and Trade; Printing and Thinking; Symmetry, Shape and Size; and Focus on Florence .  Check out “Become a Spice Trader.”

·    Welcome to Renaissance Personalities  Lots of directions involved in this website.  Students can click on various categories of personalities including musicians, sculptors, artists, scholars, scientists, architects, etc. 

·   Renaissance Women    Information on Renaissance women.

·   Renaissance  This Think Quest project deals with a great number of topics that have to do with the Renaissance.

8.3.1 Appreciate how a society’s worldview influences its choices, decisions and interactions with others.

·    Law in Mexico Before the Conquest    The worldview is exemplified through laws, courts, and punishments.

·     The Aztec Universe    This site is intended mainly to give information on Nahua (Aztec) religion and spirituality as it was in the past. Insight on Aztec worldview.

8.3.2 Appreciate how Aztec and Spanish identities and worldviews were impacted by intercultural contact.

·    Quest of the Aztecs in 1521   Some good information on Spanish interaction with the Aztec, better as background for teacher than student.

 

8.3.4 Critically assess how the Aztecs were affected by the Spanish worldview by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues from 8.3.4

·    Aztec Gold Information is categorized into various topics, for example Technology, Geography, History, Economy, etc.  Some topics have more information than others, but it is a good overview of Aztec civilization.  There are also links to various other sites within the subsections.

·    Aztec Gods and Goddesses   This site has detailed information about twenty-four Aztec deities.  It includes illustrations making it a little more kid friendly.

·    Quest of the Aztecs in 1521   Some good information on Spanish interaction with the Aztec, better as background for teacher than student. 

·    New Spain- Old Horrors   Information about Spanish worldview in the context of its relationship to other areas of the world, especially Mexico .  Lots of primary source images as well as translations.

·    Hernan Cortez, Explorer and Conqueror of Mexico   Background information on Cortes.

·    The Aztecs: Market, Maize and Mathematics   Information on the Aztec market complete with information on units of measure.  There are also questions on the bottom of the page based on the reading. 

·    Mexico Native Peoples: 1400- 1600  An overview of Aztec history to begin with.  A timeline follows with various links mainly to art history sites, but also information sites.

·    Camelot Bazaar: the Aztecs  This is lots of information on Aztec society that is in kid friendly language.  It is not divided into subheadings, but the information is quite comprehensive.

·    The Ancient Aztecs  Relatively good, brief overview of the Aztec culture/civilization with a few links and resources. Good introductory site.

·    The Indigenous Peoples of Mexico  Good introduction to Aztec culture with links – click on the Aztec link in the “Origins of Mexico” section. 

·    The Aztec Universe  This site is intended mainly to give information on Nahua (Aztec) religion and spirituality as it was in the past. Insight on Aztec worldview.

·    The Aztec Visit  This site has some good guiding questions for the link at the top for the Aztec Empire exhibit : http://www.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/aztecs/index.html 

 

General Sites

·  World View  Some interesting thoughtful statements and quotes about worldview. Has some religious overtones.

·     The Renaissance This site has many, many links.  It will connect you to pretty much any topic you can think of.  I would enter it only if I had lots of time, or a specific topic in mind. 

·     Ancient Aztec Civilization   Lots and lots of links to numerous other sites.  It is worth exploring. 

 

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Grade Nine

9.1. appreciate the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on rights and governance in Canada.

·     Your Guide to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms A site that guides you through section by sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You can also order free copies of the guide for your class.

·     Human Rights in Canada: A Historical Perspective Examines the past 100 years of human rights in Canada. Contains excellent lesson plans, interactive maps, background material, case studies, and anecdotal information. Be sure to check out the Teacher's Guide Section. 

·  Voices: Getting the Vote   Unit I of this web site, Getting the Vote, focuses on the issue of youth voting in Canada and tries to provide an historical explanation for the importance of voting. It raises serious questions about the future of democracy in which young people are not participating in such a basic democratic activity as voting.

Unit II, Governance in Canada, It describes how the ruling party exercises its power through the prime minister and Cabinet, and how decision making is affected by lobbying, the media and the Internet. It deals with issues such as whether or not our current system of electing members of Parliament is fair and what happens when things go wrong.

9.1.3 appreciate how emerging issues impact quality of life, citizenship and identity in Canada.

·     The Atlas of Canada:  Quality of Life in Canada: A Citizens’ Report Card This map shows the overall quality of life, representing the combined attributes of the physical, social and economic environments. Twelve domains and their respective indicators are used to assess the important aspects of quality of life.

·     Improving Quality of Life for Aboriginal People - Canada’s New Government takes Action on Aboriginal issues - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada  A description of recent accomplishments by the Canadian government quality of life for Aboriginal people.

9.1.4 examine the structure of Canada’s federal political system by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues as outlined in 9.1.4

·     Statistics Canada E-Book This section of the Canada e-Book uses sound, images, tables, graphs and both analytical and descriptive text to look at the State and legal system. Be sure to check out the tabs to explore all the options.

·     What is Canada's Political System? This website provides information on Canada’s Federal Political system.

·     Political Party.ca You will find basic information on every federally registered political party in Canada whether they currently hold seats in the House of Commons or not.

9.1.5 analyze the role that citizens and organizations play in Canada's justice system by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues outlined in 9.1.5 

·     Try Judging Students work through court cases, read evidence and make a ruling.  All cases are related to students.

·     Youth Criminal Justice Act   Some background information is given ger as well as the purpose of the YCJA is mentioned.  "... keeping youth out of the courts and out of custody."

·     Raise Your Voice This is a thorough examination of Canada’s youth criminal justice system - this is an entire project, complete with links that deal with the YCJA.  This site includes three parts: Get Familiar, Raise Your Voice and Be the Change. Resources and assessments are included.

9.1.6 assess, critically, the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the legislative process in Canada by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues within 9.1.6

·     The Charter of Rights and Freedoms This website contains the actual Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

·     Fundamental Freedoms: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms This website is for teachers.  It contains lesson plans and ideas for teaching the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

9.1.8 assess, critically how legislative processes attempt to address emerging questions and issues outlined in 9.1.8 

·     The Charter of Rights and Freedoms This site strongly takes a position on monitoring immigration policies and reducing the amount of immigration into Canada. This is mainly based on economic reasons, although some humanitarian reasons are discussed. “The blunt truth is that a small minority of Canadians is dictating Canada's immigration policies.”

·     Canada's World Centered Immigration Policy: 1960-1976 Background Information on the changes in immigration policies that occur between 1960 and 1976.

·     Annual Report to Parliament of Immigration, 2006 The Web site contains a summary of the federal-provincial/territorial immigration partnerships in 2006. Scroll down to view text and a summary chart. Click on menu items to access related links.

·     Immigrating to Canada The Web site contains information about requirements for people wishing to immigrate to Canada.

·   Immigration Policy The Web site contains information on agencies responsible for immigration to Canada since WWII. The evolution of polices is described, as well as the changing nature of immigration in Canada.

·     Canada Policy Changes and Integration Challenges in an Increasing Diverse Society (Country Profiles) The Web site contains an immigration profile of Canada that examines recent immigration trends and legislation, current and future trends, and considers important questions. A list of sources is listed at the end of the profile.

·     Immigrating: The Canada-Quebec Accord The Web site contains the text of the Canada–Quebec Accord, an immigration agreement between Canada and Quebec. This accord has its criteria for evaluating immigrants wishing to settle temporarily or permanently in Quebec.

·     The Face of Canada The Web site contains an excerpt from the 2004–2005 annual report of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. The excerpt examines the changing nature of the composition of Canada’s population and provides graphs and charts related to immigration.

·     The Economic Impact of Immigration on Canada The Web site contains an article that attempts to examine the economic rationale for immigration and the economic impacts of immigrants to Canada.

·     Timeline of Canadian Immigration Policy The Web site contains a time line of Canadian immigration policy. Teacher lesson plans are provided in the “Teacher Zone.”

·     Historica: Canada's Immigration Policy Contains information on Canada’s immigration policy.

·     Laws and Immigration Policies  Government Website: The Web site contains links to resources related to federal citizenship and immigration laws and policies.

·     Canadian Alternative: Why Canada: The Case for Immigrating to Canada   This website describes a variety of reasons why someone would want to immigrate to Canada.

9.2.2 appreciate the relationship between consumerism and quality of life.

·     The Scarcity Principle   This is an interesting article or “a conversation with a precocious 12 year old” about scarcity and happiness, which could be easily adapted in to a class discussion or a type of reader’s theatre about consumerism and quality of life. Focuses on values and attitudes.

 

9.2.3 appreciate the impact of government decision making on quality of life.

·     Characteristics of a Market Economy  The first web site gives exact definitions of a market economy such as systems of markets and prices and motivation of self-interest. The link prior to this site partly looks at how the U.S. Constitution supports those characteristics by reading relevant portions of the Constitution, and matching these provisions with the six characteristics of a market economy. This relates to 9.2.1 – values underlying economic decision making in the U.S.

9.2.4 Students will compare and contrast the principles and practices of market and mixed economies by exploring and reflecting upon the  questions and issues outlined in 9.2.4

·     Government ina Market Economy   This website looks at why and when a government intervenes in a market economy. It looks at public goods, external costs, external benefits and redistributing income.

·     Capital and Labor After Industrialization  Starting with industrialization in the US, this site looks at the key events that led to changes in labor practices, such as striking, Knights of Labour and so on. The significance of each event is also listed. An example: “1st time demands were made that the government be held responsible for protecting the workers morale, dignity and liberties as an American citizen within the work place.”

·     Economic Systems   A very short (/section – under “mixed economic systems” ) paragraph listing some similarities in how the government of the US and Canada both intervene in the market economy.

·     Economic Basic Concepts   This is an excellent site on what economics are, the economic problem (scarcity) and how the economic problem is solved. All from the US perspective.

·     How Does Scarcity Affect Product Pricing?    “What happens to the price of a product when it is scarce but in demand?” A quick look at scarcity and how it affects pricing in a market economy. This is  a brief introduction to how the  US answers the basic economic question of scarcity. 

9.2.5 Students will assess, critically, the relationship between consumerism and quality of life in Canada and the United States by exploring and reflecting upon the questions and issues outlined in 9.2.5 

·     Brief Reviews of World Quality of Life   A good website for background information/statistics about  indicators of quality of life.  Deals with health, education, freedom,  social well-being and so on. Charts included

·     Behind Consumption and Consumerism  This websites talks about the effects of consumerism on quality of life – specifically environmental issues and “the more that is produced and the more that is purchased the more we have progress and prosperity”.

·     Critical Consumerism   “Do advertisements influence or reflect teenage culture?” is the essential question in this website. This three week unit (which could be modified to suit the curriculum objectives) is geared towards grade 9 students and explores how marketing impacts their lives and how they consume. 

9.2.6 assess, critically, the interrelationship between political decisions and economic systems by exploring and reflecting upon the  questions and issues outlined in 9.2.6

·   Students Daily.com: Make Sense of Current Events   This website compares the liberal party ideals with the Conservative Party ideals. A chart is included that compares the position each party would take - for example, on the death penalty, gun control, health care, immigration policies and more.

 

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1.1 Acknowledge and appreciate the existence of alternative viewpoints in a globalizing world.

·     Globalization: What Does It mean For Me? This WebQuest is designed from an Australian viewpoint, but could easily be adapted to a Canadian one.  It asks students to research, through the links provided, how Globalization effects them, Australia , and the world.  It provides resources for the students to complete after their research.

·     Fact Sheet Up-to-date statistical data on every  country in the world. Current to three days. Excellent for demographic comparisons of all kinds.

·     Mercer Report Satirical video clips of Mercer’s best moments. . 

1.2  Appreciate why peoples in Canada and other locations strive to promote their cultures, languages and identities in a globalizing world.

·     Vancouver 2010   The latest in preparations and organization for the Olympics Games.  Focus on cultural aspects. 

·     E. Pauline Johnson: Native Identity  Contains an excellent and readable biography of the Poet Pauline Johnson and her struggle to maintain her identity.  

 

1.3  Appreciate how the forces of globalization shape, and are shaped by, identities and cultures.

·     An Ecological Footprint Quiz Up-to-date statistical data on every  country in the world. Current to three days. Excellent for demographic comparisons of all kinds. 

·     Supreme Court of Canada The Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin, gives her view point on globalization, Identity and Citizenship. 

·     Hidden Europe Interesting site showcasing isolated communities of various types nestled within larger European nations.  

·     Shooting an Elephant Recounting his story of shooting an elephant in British Burma during the colonial era, Orwell provides insight into the real nature of imperialism.

1.4  Explore ways in which individuals and collectives express identities.

·     Hidden Europe Interesting site showcasing isolated communities of various types nestled within larger European nations.  

·     Supreme Court of Canada The Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin, gives her view point on globalization, Identity and Citizenship. 

1.5  Explore understandings and dimensions of globalization.

·     Yale Global Online This website gives a historical view on where globalization has come from.  It has two flash media presentations that shows globalization in a historical view.

·     Greenpeace With the preservation of Canadian natural heritage as its primary goal, this focuses on the actions Greenpeace has taken and the impact on Canada .

1.6  Examine the impact of media and communications technology on diversity.

·     Yale Global Online This website has a flash presentation on the history of television and its impact globally. 

·     The Global Arcade An interactive site for students to learn about the impact globalization on various countries as well as how government decisions affect other nations.  

·     E. Pauline Johnson: Native Identity Contains an excellent and readable biography of the Poet Pauline Johnson and her struggle to maintain her identity.  

1.7  Analyze opportunities presented by globalization to identities and cultures.

·     Yale Global Online This website has a flash presentation on the history of television and its impact globally. 

·     The Global Arcade An interactive site for students to learn about the impact globalization on various countries as well as how government decisions affect other nations.  

·     E. Pauline Johnson: Native Identity  Contains an excellent and readable biography of the Poet Pauline Johnson and her struggle to maintain her identity.  

·     Mercer Report    Satirical video clips of Mercer’s best moments. 

·     Self-Employed Women's Association    Numerous examples of Indian women as self employed success stories. moments. 

1.8  Examine challenges presented by globalization to identities and cultures.

·     Yale Global Online This website has a flash presentation on the history of television and its impact globally. 

·     E. Pauline Johnson: Native Identity  Contains an excellent and readable biography of the Poet Pauline Johnson and her struggle to maintain her identity.  

·    Independent Media Center   Independent media sources explore a worldwide perspective allowing students to compare and analyze from differing viewpoints.

·     Oxfam   Information on Canada ’s various efforts overseas and give chance to assess their efficacy.

·     Rwanda After the Genocide   The conflict in Rwanda with viewpoints from both sides.  

·     UNESCO   Excellent on a variety of topics including language, cultural identity etc.

·     Biography.com   Promotes the topics on the television show so staying aware is an asset.

2.7  Explore the foundations of historical globalization (rise of capitalism, industrialization, imperialism, Eurocentrism)

·   Bridging World History   This site contains a number of video’s.  Video number 19 explains how the industrial revolution was a global process, not just a European or American story.

·     The Global Arcade An interactive site for students to learn about the impact globalization on various countries as well as how government decisions affect other nations.  

2.9  Examine multiple perspectives on the political, economic and social impacts of historical globalization and imperialism.

·     Bridging World History  This site has a number of video’s.  Video number 15  addresses the question: What is globalization and when did it begin? 

3.8  Evaluate actions and policies associated with globalization that impact the environment.

·     Earth Trends- Environmental Information This website looks at risks and opportunities of globalization and the sustainability of the environment.  The site includes a number of links and case studies. 

3.9  Analyze multiple perspectives on sustainability and prosperity in a globalizing world.

·  Globalization: A Solution for Some  This website deals with the pros and cons of globalization in regards to economies and trade.

 

4.2  Recognize and appreciate the importance of human rights in determining quality of life.

·   Economic Globalization and Human Rights- Amnesty International This site comes from Amnesty international and it deals with the world’s economy and human rights and how they are connected.  It gives specific case study examples.

4.6  Analyze impacts of globalization on women.

·   Women and the Economy    Canadian website that deals with globalization, specifically, clothing, food and migration.  The site also provides an in depth look at women and globalization, a glossary of terms and an online globalization quiz. 

General Sites

·     Globalization 101 Provides an excellent background and introduction to the Unit. This resource promotes a greater understanding of globalization.  The home page helps define what globalization is, it provides related news links on either side of the page.  Click on Issue Briefs which helps explain the fundamental issues and current controversies related to globalization.  

 

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Grade Eleven

Annotated Website Resources for Social 20-1  and 20-2

Outcome 2.3 and 4.4

·     Ini.ca This is a website by an organization called UNI Canada which provides a Francophone perspective on a unified Canada.

 Outcome 3.9 , 4.3 , 4.8

·  United North America  A website promoting the concept of a united North America under one common government.

 Outcome 1.1 , 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 3.5, 3.6

·  Historica The Historica site includes a variety of information on many subjects related to Canadian Nationalism including titles such as: Sovereignty, Free Trade, The Patriation of the Constitution and the Meech Lake Accord.

 Outcome 3.4, 3.7, 3.6, 3.8

 ·  United Nations Peace Keeping This is the main website for UN peacekeeping operations around the globe. There are sections of primary documents such as the “Capstone” Document which is a guide to UN Peacekeeping Operations, a section on current missions, past missions, and more.

 Outcome 3.4, 3.6, 3.8

·  The History of Military Peace Keeping CBC News In Depth site about the history of Canadian Peacekeeping Operations. It is a good gateway into the study of Canada’s role in international peacekeeping.

 Outcome 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 ·  Peace Keeper's Homepage   A site created by a Canadian peacekeeping veteran that provides stories from actual peacekeepers and other useful information about life as a peacekeeper.  

  •  ·  Progressive Internationalism   The United States Democratic view of Progressive internationalism in light of security issues.

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  • ·  Liberal Internationalism   Writings on Liberal Internationalism as it relates to peace and war. Talks about motives, relationship to imperialism, appeasement issues, morality, etc.

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  • ·  Internationalism   A helpful definition, modern idea of internationalism, historical examples of internationalism, other links.

·  The Responsibility to Protect   This is the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Speaks about the responsibility to protect, that Heads of State and government should embrace the responsibility to protect,         collective action against genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and specific information on crisis in Myanmar , NATO partners in Afghanistan.

·  Pearson Peacekeeping Center     This site includes information the Center which trains those who serve in conflict zones. It explains who they are, what they do, their international role, as well as current news.

·  The Changing Face of Peace Operations     This site speaks about Canada ’s role internationally since the Cold War. Explains the stages of conflict and specific operations (past and present)

 

Outcome 3.7

  • ·  World Council of Indigenous Peoples Declaration of Principles The World Council of Indigenous Peoples Declaration of Principles

    •  ·  Arctic Council   The Arctic Council’s website which promotes the unity of Arctic nations. It has primary documents about founding principles, information about member states, and maps and photos of the arctic region.  

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    • ·  North Atlantic Treaty Organization  Excellent homepage that includes missions, current news, speeches and their own TV channel.

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    • ·  The United Nations  This site includes general information about the United Nations such as member states, main bodies, events, news, Millennium Development Goals. It also includes more specific information such as the Iraq situation, the Middle East situation, terrorism issues, webcasts, renewing the UN, etc.

    • ·  The European Union  Includes overview of the organization, history of cooperation in Europe , treaties and law, facts and figures, members, travelling, future goals.

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    • ·  l’organisation internationale de la francophonie This website is French only

       

     Outcome 4.5, 4.6, 4.7

    • ·  Library and Archives Canada   Library and Archives Canada site with a specific section on Canadian Confederation.  Includes Bio’s on the Fathers of Confederation, Maps, Political Cartoons and Background information on Confederation.

     Outcome 4.6, 2.10

    •  ·  Métis National Council  Site includes information on Métis self government,& Métis national council.  It includes who the Métis are and what their history etc.

     Outcome 4.6, 4.7, 2.4

    •   ·  Pierre Trudeau: Just watch Me!  The infamous clip of Pierre Trudeau’s “Just Watch Me” clip. The FLQ Crisis and Canadian/Quebequois nationalism.

      Outcome 4.4, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8

     Outcome 4.2, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8

 ·  Justin Trudeau and Nationalism   You Tube Clip—Justin Trudeau discusses his father’s ideas about nationalism and Quebec nationalism, and nationalism itself. 

·  What is Nationalism? The most interesting part of this site are the links to many scholars’ definitions of nationalism.  A great intro to point of view and perspective on this topic.  There are also many other resources such as links to terrorism and nationalism sites and so on. 

Related Issue 2

To What extent should national interest be pursued?

 ·  Department of Foreign Affairs   The homepage for the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada. Teachers may want to consider using the sections on Canada ’s foreign policy and Canada in the World as openers when addressing outcomes 2.1, 2.5.

·  The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service  This is the homepage for CSIS: The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service . Teachers may want to pay particular attention to the section that lists CSIS’ Priority areas when introducing outcomes 2.1, and 2.5

 ·  The Treaty of Versailles  A detailed site that provides extensive background information, in student friendly language, about the Treaty of Versailles.   2.5

 ·  Primary Documents: Treaty of Versailles A site that has the actual contents of the Treaty of Versailles divided into 15 sections. Teachers may consider this site as an opportunity for students to work with the language and feeling of a primary document. 2.5

·  Documents of Interwar Period A splendid collection of primary documents from the interwar period of 1919-1939. Teachers could select various documents that allow students to see how nations were attempting to maintain peace and shape foreign policies during this time in history.  2.5 

·  The Conscription Crisis During WW1 and WW2 Parks Canada site about the role of Canada ’s Prime Ministers during the conscription crises of WWI and WWII.  Outcome 2.7 . 

 ·  The Conscription Crisis During WW1 and WW2 An excellent summary of the causes of WWI . Great introduction to or summary of this information. Outcome 2.7

·  First War.com This is a page from a site called First World War.com which is an excellent resource for all manner of information about WWI.  This particular page focuses on the causes of WWI.  Outcome 2.7. 

·  Causes of World War One Another good resource about the causes of WWI. Easy to read and student friendly. 

·  National Rivalries: Two Kinds of Nationalism This site explores expressions of nationalism in all the main participants in WWI. Student friendly. 2.7

·  Propaganda: Images of Nationalism This is a collection of WWI propaganda posters which is entitled “Images of Nationalism” . A good source of visual text for a discussion of how governments build a sense of nationalism and ultra nationalism in its people. 2.7 

·  Causes of World War Two Summary of the causes of WWII. 2.7 

·  On the Road to War A tremendous list of resources concerning the causes of WWII.  2.7 

·  Ultranationalism in Germany and Japan   Ultranationalism in Germany and Japan : a section from Mein Kampf and The Destiny of Japan with questions for analysis. 2.7  

·  Japan's Ultranationalism   an introductory summary of Japan ’s journey towards ultranationlaism in the 1920’s.  2.7 

·  Nanjing Massacre  A collection of links concerning the Japanese actions during the massacre in Nanking , China . 2.7

 ·  Crimes of War Project  This web portal reveals the consequences of allowing ultrantionalism to lead to genocide and other crimes of war. 

 ·  The Internment of Ukrainians 1914-1920  Information about the internment of Ukrainian Canadians 1914-1920 . Contains audio visual links, images of Internment camps, examples of requests for redress. Outcome 2.7 

·  The Internment of Ukrainians in Canada  A short webquest outline by CBC Archives concerning the internment of Ukrainian Canadians in Canada . 2.7 

·  The Internment of Japanese Canadians  CBC Archives material concerning the internment of Japanese Canadians: 10 television clips and 14 radio clips. 

·  Ukrainian Famine  This site has a translation of a primary document which outlines orders about how to deal with the Soviet “Grain Problem”.  Relates to the 1932-33 famine in the Ukraine .  2.8 

·  Memories of Survivors and Witnesses of the Ukrainian Genocide (1932-33)  This is a site that has quotes from survivors of the Ukrainian famine as well as a wealth of other information about this chapter in history. 2.8 

·  The Great Famine- Genocide (1932-33) Examples of art from the  time period of the Ukrainian famine.  Powerful images that teachers could use to spark discussion about the impacts of genocide.  2.8 

·  The Triumph of Evil PBS Frontline program and resources on the Rwandan Genocide. 2.8 

·  Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda Human Rights Watch Rwandan Genocide Watch.  “Leave None to Tell the  Story” – Detailed information about all of the aspects of Rwandan Genocide.  2.8 

·  The United Nations and Decolonization The  main UN site on decolonization: historical and contemporary.  2.9 

·  Decolonization A chronology of decolonization efforts  from 1917 to 1970.  2.9 

·  Aboriginal Self Government The Canadian Government’s official policy position on Aboriginal self government.  2.9 

·  Assembly of First Nations Homepage This portal contains links to documents about self government and self determination for Canada ’s First nations .  Interesting fact sheets which give a First Nations Perspective into many contemporary issues that students may have questions about.    2.9

·  Israel and Palestine: A Brief History Israel and Palestine : A Brief History 2.9 

·  Arab Israeli Conflict An ABC news outline of the Arab Israeli conflict.  Video clips, maps, testimonials. 2.9 

·  Global Policy Forum  A collection of primary UN documents related to the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the UN’s attempts to find a solution.  2.9 

·  National Aboriginal Organizations  A CBC in-depth site about the Aboriginal Organizations in Canada .  2.9 , 4.6

Related Issue 4: 

To what extent should individuals and groups in Canada embrace a national identity?

General Outcome: Students will assess strategies for negotiating the complexities of nationalism within the Canadian context.

4.1

·  Seeking an Identity  This site provides a historical look at seeking a Canadian Identity.  It looks at figures such as Wilfred Laurier (Canadian Nationalist) and Henri Bourassa (French Nationalist).  As well it looks at earlier 20th Century World events and the role that Canada played in these.

·  Canadian Identity.com  This website project contains information on Canadian Identity.  It provides information on people and events (historical and contemporary) important for the development of Canadian Identity.

4.2

·  Aboriginal Perspectives  The National Film Board provides this site for Aboriginal Canadian perspectives.  The site contain documentaries that provide Aboriginal history and ideas about sovereignty as well as other documentaries

 4.3

 ·   Nationalism  Here is an interesting site.  This is an alternative view on national identity and a challenge to Canadian Identity.  The site is an article attempting to make arguments to support the creation of a single North American Identity.  It says that Canadians and Americans share many cultural characteristics (even though governance issues bring differences – i.e. universal health care).  It even makes the daring claim that Canadians are more like Americans than we might care to admit.  Also useful for knowledge outcome 4.8.

·  Aboriginal Canadians  This site provides some CBC news reports on Aboriginal issues in Canada .  In the article under Aboriginal History, there is discussion on how the Iroquois Federation was a model for Canadian and American systems of government and how it contributed to notions of rights, freedoms and limits to these rights and freedoms which exist in our country.

4.4

·  Canadian Quotes  Site provides a number of quotes from Canadian personalities.  Most of the personalities are people from the latter half of the twentieth century.

·  Great Canadian Identity Crisis  This site provides a somewhat pessimistic view of the Canadian Identity.  Canada ’s lack of identity is compared to the American philosophy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The site makes the claim that when Canadians express anti-Americanism (i.e. the “I’m not an American) sentiments that “we condemn the rights of the individual.”

 4.5

·  I Am Canadian!  This site provides the I AM CANADIAN commercial plus a transcript of the commercial.  It touches on major themes of Canadian identity and in some ways could be considered symbolic of modern nationalism in Canada .

·  Guardian of the Airwaves  Provides information on the CRTC and looks at actions that it has undertaken. This site provides more in-depth information on the CRTC 

·  The National Flag of Canada Website on the Canadian Flag.  Provides information on its meaning and creation.

 4.6

·  Quebec History This site provides an article which discusses nationalism in general and in particular it discusses Quebec nationalism at various points in history.  

·  Honoring Chinese Immigrants Provides accounts from the perspective of Asian-Canadians.  Looks at personal family history to see how it fits into the story of the identity of Canada .

·  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Trudeau and his views on Canadian nationalism (federalism) and his efforts surrounding Canadian nationalism.  It is important to note that Trudeau may not always have supported nationalism (favoring more of an internationalism) – these sentiments could be echoed by his son. See link

4.7

 ·  In Search of a Canadian Identity This site provides an article which discusses Canadian identity prior to and after 1960.  It suggests that 1960 was a turning point in Canadian identity from conservative and tradition-mind to more liberal and progressive-mind.  It also addresses the idea of Quebec Nationalism. 

 ·  French Canadian Nationalism This site provides a look at the historical development of French Nationalism in Canada .  It identifies important moments in the development of this nationalism and challenges that it has faced.

 · The following sites provide information for different separatist movements in Canada .  Definitely challenges to national unity:

·        http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/quebec.htm

·        http://www.westcan.org/

·        http://www.republicofalberta.com/

·        http://www.bchomerule.com/

·        http://www.freealberta.com/republic_of_alberta.html

·        http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2003/07/01/nfld_separatists030701.html (Newfoundland Separatism)

·        http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/higgins063005.htm (Newfoundland Separatism)

·        http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ontario_independence/

·        http://members.tripod.com/~cbla/ - more of a humorous web-site

·        http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/library/PRBpubs/962-e.htm parliamentary documents on Native self-government

4.8

 ·  Culture and National Identity The site provides some ideas on Canadian National Identity.  It suggests that part of our identity is our lack of identity.  As well, it provides lists of values that we hold to be important.

·  Who are the New Canadians? This site takes a look at the history of immigration in Canada and discusses Canada ’s policy on multiculturism.   It discusses various opinions on multiculturalism and suggests trends in the ethnic and cultural make-up of Canada ’s demographics.

4.9

·  I Am Canadian. What Am I?  Interesting Blog on Canadian Identity.  It provides a personal account of what is and is not Canadian.  It  celebrates that we lack a cohesive identity. A quote from the site sums up this perspective on Canadian identity.  “When we say our identity is forged in negation, difference, and perhaps even the quest for identity, then we have what many others do not. Fluidity. We have seen what comes from old rules and old ways. Lots of conflict. Just as an identity can forge bonds it can also be the very source of heated internal conflict. Canada , on the other hand, can change its identity as the times change. Our differences are our strength.”

 

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