Grade 5 Social Studies

In Grade 5 Social Studies, our students will study Indigenous peoples and European settlers, their interactions, and the impacts of these interactions in the past and present. Students will then deepen their understanding of the role and structure of different levels of government. They will explore how both citizens and governments work together to address different social and environmental issues. This course is designed to be 50-75 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Social Studies (2018)

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.



Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans

In the Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans unit, students will start by learning about interactions among Indigenous groups before contact with Europeans. They will learn about what motivated Europeans to explore and settle what is now Canada, and the offices and institutions they founded. They will further examine Indigenous nations, learning about how groups developed, interacted, and entered into conflict and cooperation with European communities. Students will use evidence, maps, and different communication techniques to inquire into these interactions and compare them to present-day Canada.

The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

In the Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship unit, students will learn about the rights and responsibilities Canadian citizens have, the responsibilities of different levels of government, and ways the government interacts with the public. They will learn about Indigenous governance structures, seeing how governments collaborate with them to address significant issues. They will inquire into many perspectives on social and environmental issues, interpreting and evaluating evidence to draw conclusions about actions citizens can take to address them. Students will create their own plans of action for a social and an environmental issue, including the actions governments and citizens should take.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Coloured pencils, ruler, pencil

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of social studies processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of social studies-related terms that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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