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Learning Module: Social Studies (PJ): Heritage & Identity (Grades 1-6)

Learn how to identify and work with kits and electronic resources for teaching K-6 social studies in Ontario.

Group Work

The school librarian helped you find introductory material on the topic and you're now ready to build your lesson. As you're leaving the library you see your associate teacher in the hall. She would like to get the class using the library databases. She gives you a list resources to teach your unit on Heritage & Identity.

  1. Select a topic from the 2013 Ontario Social Studies curriculum

  2. Select one of the library databases that you will use to teach your lesson

  3. Answer the discussion questions

  4. Present the answers back to the class

(20 minutes)

Heritage & Identity Topics (Grades 1-6)

The following is a list of the topics covered for the Heritage & Identity strand (Grades 1-6) of the 2013 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum.

Grade 1:  Our Changing Roles & Responsibilities (p. 64, 66)

Grade 2: Changing Family & Community Traditions (p. 74, 76) 

Grade 3: Communities in Canada,  1780-1850 (p. 84, 86)

Grade 4: Early Societies, 3000 BCE to 1500 CE (p. 96, 98)

Grade 5: First Nations & Europeans in New France & Early Canada (p. 106, 108)

Grade 6: Communities in Canada, Past & Present (p. 118, 120)

See the 2013 Ontario Social Studies Curriculum for more information.

Discussion Questions

Discuss the following:

  1. Introduce the class to library databases

  2. What were your reasons for selecting this library database?

  3. How might you build this library database into  your lesson and/or a student assignment?

  4. What facilities might you need to use this library database in the classroom?

  5. What are some of the pros and cons of using library databases in the classroom?