Grade 6 Social Studies

In Grade 6 Social Studies, our students will complete their junior social studies journey by investigating the contributions of different Canadian communities throughout the past and into to the present. This knowledge is then built upon by exploring how Canada interacts with the world in a variety of different ways. This course is designed to be 50-75 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Social Studies (2018)

Over the next year, the VES team will be working on updating some of our social studies courses to align with changes to the curriculum released by the Ontario Ministry of Education in July 2023.

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.



Communities in Canada: Past and Present

In the Communities in Canada: Past and Present unit, students will learn about the contributions of different Canadian communities. They will explore migration and settler communities while discussing significant events and traditions in Indigenous and settler communities. They will also discuss the interaction between Canadian communities, what makes these communities different, and how they change over time. Students will discuss the elements of Canadian identity that contribute to an inclusive Canada.

Canada’s Interactions With the Global Community

In the Canada’s Interactions With the Global Community unit, students will learn about Canada’s interrelationships and global interactions, using maps to gather information. They will discuss how multinational corporations, international accords, and military alliances influence how Canada interacts with other regions of the world. Students will also examine the reasons these relationships exist and the impact they have. They will examine how Canada responds to disasters and emergencies— both locally and globally. Additionally, students will learn about environmental and economic issues, their impact, and how they are addressed.

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

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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